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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Writing and understanding persuasion are two of the few universally useful skills a person needs to have be it writing a resume, a cover letter, an essay or trying to make amends with someone one has hurt. In any case, while this is a required class, it will still be far more useful than the alternatives and prepares students for the WPA requirement test later on so it's practical as well as enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that "rhetoric" is a lot more diverse and flexible than what one would expect. Rhetoric usually invokes an image of politicians arguing where in fact, it is in anything involving persuasiveness: advertising, teaching, daily conversation and tweets, the last of which is actually used in the course to promote online conversation about the topics covered in class. The concepts are covered in four units and they largely revolve around perfecting metacommentary which is essentially the author's personal insight into a topic. The techniques for this are varied but follow a three-part pattern for the most part: definition, evaluation, analysis. The one that gives most people the most trouble in general is evaluation--defined as the merit and effectiveness of an argument in the course. The reason for this is largely because it's easy for it to bleed into definition (explaining what the author of a particular text is doing) and analysis (actual metacommentary). Best option: writing multiple rough drafts and read it out loud so that it seems clear. The highlight in this course was for me the essay on violence in video games. I myself am a huge fan of indie games that are more often than not, more focused on narrative or novel elements rather than violence so I got to talk about my frustration with the fact that violence in video games doesn't serve the narrative so it leads to the mindless hack-and-slash that people rail against when opposing video games. Change comes from both outside and from within so I got to complain about things I don't like while talking and promoting something I enjoy which is really the best case scenario with any college assignment.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that students write multiple drafts, preferably immediately after lecture so that the information is still fresh in their minds. Each assignment takes about an hour to write fully and an uncertain amount of editing time which will vary from student to student. Jacob is more than welcoming during office hours if you need his advice and the Writing Center is an excellent resource though I recommend you experiment with different tutors to see which ones you like and or which ones fit your writing style the best.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jacob Hubbard
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Participation Counts
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    Jan 07, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because it is a GE that will surely help you in other classes during your college experience. The teacher runs the class very effectively, your time will not be wasted. I also recommend it because it is a low stress class. You do work that is relevant to your essays but are not overwhelmed by other class assignments or homework assignments.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of this course are numerous. At the end of the class we did an activity called Rhetor Speed Dating. The several lessons that the professor used SNL clips also made for a great class. I learned that essay writing can be fun. I also learned that in rhetoric writing, you don't have to follow all the rules you learn in English classes during your previous education

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Advice for students considering this course would be follow directions. If you give the professor what she asks for then you will get very high scores on your essays. Another but of advice is to go to every class. The class sessions are very helpful to writing the essays. If you go to all of them most of your essay will be written in class assignments.

    • Fall 2016
    • Pincock
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Participation Counts
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    Dec 21, 2015
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a required GE unless you have AP credit. However, with Professor Jenkins, it feels like a smooth transition from high school to college. He is easy to get along with and encourages you a lot.

    Course highlights:

    We learned how to analyze strategies of an author. We had to learn to identify the project, argument, and claims that the author tried to bring up.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do not procrastinate. It will be tough writing papers at the last minute. Always go in for conferences as they are easy extra credit points.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr.jenkins
    • Yes
    • Participation Counts Meetings Outside of Class Final Paper

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