College offering course on 'South Park'

Nov. 30, 2008 at 12:33 PM
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NEW YORK, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- The City University of New York is offering a course entitled "South Park and Political Correctness" that focuses on the animated TV series, a teacher says.

Brian Dunphy, an adjunct at the school's Brooklyn College, said the Comedy Central series at the center of his new course at the college is perfect for a discussion on political correctness in today's world, the New York Post said Sunday.

"It has the pulse of America more than anything else," the teacher said of the TV and radio department course. "It's proof that you can learn from the most unlikely


"South Park" follows the adventures of four young boys living in Colorado. The animated comedy has been the focus of criticism for its questionable takes on celebrities and society in general.

For Dunphy, such controversial features are the exact reason he chose to include "Park" in his 14-week class that will include discussions on assisted suicide, religion and war.

"I think the best way to reach students is to make them laugh," Dunphy told the Post. "Once they are paying attention, the discussion is very lively."

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