Sp11_Comm321-001_Syllabus - COMM 321-001: Rhetorical...

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1 COMM 321-001: Rhetorical Theories Boise State University Communication Department Instructor: erin d mcclellan Office: Communication Building, C-120 E-mail: erinmcclellan@boisestate.edu Office Hrs: M : 11:00am-2:00 pm; W 10:45am-12:45pm Course Website: http://www.commstudy.com/321-001.html & by appointment Course Description : An examination of theories concerning the complexity of interaction among ideas, messages, and people, including analysis of various message strategies. This course focuses on the theories that add to our understandings and investigations of rhetoric throughout history. We will survey the Ancient roots of rhetorical theory and discuss these theories as they are conceptualized, interpreted, and applied in the contemporary world. You will gain experience as both a rhetorician and a rhetor as we explore various rhetorical theories and their implications for how we understand the world. Course Objectives : (1) Understand a variety of rhetorical theories and their main concepts; (2) Understand how rhetorical theories inform analyses of rhetoric and pieces of rhetorical criticism; (3) Synthesize and analyze rhetorical texts through the lenses of a variety of rhetorical theories; (4) Apply various rhetorical concepts, theories, and perspectives to any number of texts and within a variety of contexts. Required Text : Smith, Craig R. Rhetoric and Human Consciousness: A History , 3 rd ed. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2009. Supplemental Readings (Links Posted on Course Website and on Blackboard under Course Documents): Aristotle. On Rhetoric (350 BCE). Available at http://www2.iastate.edu/~honeyl/Rhetoric/oneindex.html St. Augustine. On Christian Doctrine [ De doctrina Christiana ] (397 AD). Available at http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/augustine/ddc4.html Bacon, Francis. The Advancement of Learning . London: MacMillan and Co., 1898. Available at http://www.fullbooks.com/The-Advancement-of-Learning3.html Bitzer, Lloyd. "The Rhetorical Situation." Philosophy and Rhetoric , 1 (1968), 1-14. Burke, Kenneth. A Grammar of Motives . Berkley: University of California Press, 1945. [Excerpt posted on eReserves] Campbell, George. The Philosophy of Rhetoric . London: George Ramsey & Co., (1776) 1808. Available at http://people.cohums.ohio-state.edu/Ulman1/Campbell/TPOR_TOC.htm Cicero, Marcus Tullius. De Oratore (55 BCE). Available at http://www.archive.org/stream/cicerodeoratore01ciceuoft#page/196/mode/2up Confucius, The Analects (500 BCE) - http://classics.mit.edu/Confucius/analects.html Corax & Tisius Dialogue. Available at http://www.americanrhetoric.com/corax&tisias.htm Flores, Lisa. “Creating Discursive Space through a Rhetoric of Difference: Chicana Feminists Craft a Homeland,” Quarterly Journal of Speech , 82 , 142-56: 1996. Foss, Sonja K. & Griffin, Cindy L. “Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric,”
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