a. Course Title--Communication Studies 3300: Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism Fall 2012 Syllabus
“The person who hears a speech and says, ‘I like it,’ is not making a critical statement. [S/he] is reporting the state of his [or her] glands; he [or she] is speaking autobiographically. . . It is not criticism because although it may be stimulated by an object, it is not about an object; it is a statement about the speaker’s own feelings, and nothing more.” –Edwin Black, Rhetorical Criticism, A Study in Method
Dr. Bjørn Stillion Southard
10:30-12:30, Friday and by appointment
b. Course Description
Rhetorical approaches to the criticism of public communication. Intensive practice in writing rhetorical analyses will be provided.
d. Course Objectives
This is a writing-intensive course that introduces students to basic principles of rhetorical theory and criticism. The course objectives are to: (1) understand and be able to explain and apply theories of rhetoric; (2) research the historical, social and political contexts of rhetorical messages; (3) apply methods of critical analysis in several written exercises to various subjects of rhetorical interest.
e. Course Topical Outline
The Concepts of Rhetoric and Rhetorical
The Emergence of Rhetoric in Classical
The Neo-Aristotelian Perspective
The Role of Ethos in Rhetorical Practice
Pathos in Rhetoric, its Theory and
Writing Workshop I: The Writing of a Critical
Categories of Reasoning and Their
Fallacies and Refutation: Special Problems of
Fallacies in Public Address: Some Examples
Rhetoric and Ethics: Theories of Ethics
Ethics in Public Address: Some Examples
Writing Workshop II: Some Fine Point on
Narrative Theory and Dramatistic Approaches
Rhetoric of Social Movements
Theories of Mediated Communication
f. UGA Student Honor Code: "I will be academically honest in all of my academic work and will not tolerate academic dishonesty of others." A Culture of Honesty, the University's policy and procedures for handling cases of suspected dishonesty, can be found at www.uga.edu/ovpi. Every course syllabus should include the instructor's expectations related to academic integrity.
“Academic honesty is – defined broadly and simply – the performance of all academic work without cheating, lying, stealing, or receiving assistance from any other person or using any source of information not appropriately authorized or attributed” (From the Preamble to “A Culture of Honesty”). The University, the Department of Communication Studies, and I personally take academic honesty very seriously. Every student at the University of Georgia should be familiar with the booklet, “A Culture of Honesty: Policies and Procedures on Academic Dishonesty.” If you are not, please obtain one of these booklets and read it carefully. This document has a thorough presentation of four types of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, unauthorized assistance, lying/tampering, and theft, as well as the procedures that are in place to adjudicate alleged incidents of academic dishonesty. The policies and procedures described in “A Culture of Honesty” will be strictly followed. University Mandated Statement Concerning the University Honor Code & Academic Honesty All academic work must meet the standards contained in “A Culture of Honesty.” Students are responsible for informing themselves about those standards before performing any academic work. More detailed information about academic honesty can be found at http://www.uga.edu/ovpi/honesty/acadhon.htm.
g. Syllabus Statement: This course syllabus is a general plan for the course; deviations announced to the class by the...
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