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ENG657 Modern Rhetoric

Lead Faculty: Dr. Franz J Potter

Course Description

Modern Rhetoric introduces students to the contemporary study of rhetoric. The course covers major figures such as Kenneth Burke, Lloyd Bitzer, and Stephen Toulmin. The course introduces a wide range of academic interests in contemporary rhetoric; in particular, students will practice reading texts rhetorically through major theories of rhetoric.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss and analyze scholarly articles in the field of Rhetoric and Composition Studies.
  • Analyze, discriminate, and distinguish disparate views on rhetoric and writing studies in the process of assessing complex epistemological, rhetorical, and ideological assumptions.
  • Appraise academic discourse to assemble a discriminating review of literature on a specific idea in Rhetoric and Composition studies.
  • Evaluate scholarly texts indicating possible areas of further inquiry.
  • Synthesize conflicting viewpoints to find productive research space in order to address vital questions in the field.
  • Evaluate the contributions of various major figures in the field.
  • Construct a niche or position and enter scholarly discourse through composing of a research paper with a strong claim.