Using satire to investigate ethical principles

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Satire is a journalistic or comedic tool used to poke fun at those in authority. The satirist has been described as a court jester, who when using humour can suggest issues worthy of their attention or action (Kirman 1993). Ethics, conversely, is often a staid topic. Cloaked in obscure language with complex issues, the study of ethics is reported as being difficult and uninspiring. Satire has been shown to develop student understanding of intricate issues (Kirman1993) and as such is an appropriate intervention to consider. This paper outlines the use of satire in deepening understanding of ethical principles in year 3 mental health nursing students (n=12).

Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationReflections
PublisherQueen's University Belfast
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2017


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