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ENGL 143 : Studies in Rhetorical Theory

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Studies in Rhetorical Theory
This course is a broad survey of speculation concerning the nature and techniques of persuasion, this course is a continuation of ENGL 123. This writing-intensive course will focus on enduring issues in the study of rhetoric: the value of such a study, the nature of audiences, the most effective techniques, and the continual re-framing of these issues to meet changing circumstances.

This course is designed to provide the student with a background in the study of rhetoric as an art, an understanding of how and in what arenas rhetoric is used, and an appreciation for the various methods employed in the practice of rhetoric.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

1. Identify and write clearly about rhetorical theories from the classical period to the present-day.

2. Analyze in writing the influence of classical rhetoric as it applies to our current understanding of persuasion, communication and our political process.

3. Summarize in writing how rhetoric and ethical and social responsibility are influenced by one another.

4. Demonstrate in writing an understanding of terminology, the physical and cultural evolution of rhetoric, and the role of rhetoric in present-day politics.

5. Conduct research and generate a written analysis of the socio-political development of rhetoric and the role of rhetoric in our electronic age, and offer speculation as to the future of rhetoric as technology continues to expand.

6. Participate in workgroups and collaboratively write a persuasive argument; analyze the persuasive arguments of other workgroups and rate according to their adherence to Aristotelian standards, their cohesiveness/logic and their overall execution.

7. Respond in writing to historical "landmark" speeches, and analyze the context, influence and lasting effects thereof.

8. Employ APA documentation style for research papers, and demonstrate a proficiency in critical analysis.

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
Input Grading Item100

Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Audrey S. Pettibon, M.A. - 3/31/2015
Ann Marie Ade - 3/31/2015
Theresa Maue, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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