ENG657 Modern Rhetoric
Lead Faculty: Dr. Franz J Potter
Course DescriptionIntroduces 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.
- Discuss and analyze scholarly articles in the field of Rhetoric.
- Analyze and distinguish among approaches to the study of rhetoric, assessing underlying epistemological and ideological assumptions.
- Produce a critical review of literature on a specific area of research in Rhetoric.
- 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.