Humor as Resistance

Elizabeth Ten Dyke | Mar 11, 2021

The short teaching module “Humor as Resistance” helps students think about the dynamics of power in different kinds of societies. This case study challenges the black-and-white thinking to which students are inclined when thinking about Communism. By analyzing jokes from the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) students learn how people sought to create their own sense of freedom. The site includes an essay and a discussion outline on teaching four primary sources. Designed for college-level students, this module has application for the IB 20th c. History classroom.

Tags: Europe Russia, Eurasia, & Eastern Europe Assignments Class Activities Lesson Plans Primary Sources Readings Cultural Human Rights & Violations Political Visual Culture 1945-Present


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