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English (ENGL)

ENGL 137H (GWS) (CAS 137H) Rhetoric and Civic Life I (3) Within a liberal arts framework and with attention to public discourse-- speaking, writing, online communication, and visual presentation--this course instructs students in the arts, practices, and principles of rhetoric.

ENGL (CAS) 137H Rhetoric and Civic Life I (3)

This course introduces Schreyer Honors College freshmen and Paterno Fellows Aspirants to the art of rhetoric in the context of civic issues. Students will read, discuss, and develop facility with principles of rhetoric as they apply to public speaking, writing, online communication, and visual presentation. The first part of the sequence, ENGL/CAS137H (Rhetoric and Civic Life I), will focus on understanding rhetoric in a variety of cultural contexts. Students will practice incorporating visuals in oral presentations while also learning to analyze how visual rhetoric works in the world around them. In the process of becoming “critical citizens,” students will research, discuss, and analyze public controversies. The course provides explicit training in general library and digitally based research methods, as well as interview-based research. In addition to formal writing and speaking assignments, students in the course will hone their interactive rhetorical skills by using a blogging platform to explore a topic about which they are passionate, to engage course readings together, and to share work in progress.

General Education: GWS
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Summer 2012

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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