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Rhetorical Theory I: Classical Rhetoric
- Template 2020
- Section SAMPLE
- 3 Credits
- 12/02/2020 to 07/29/2100
- Modified 12/02/2020
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Classical Rhetoric provides students with an overview of some of the histories and theories of “classical” rhetorics beginning with their origins in Ancient Greece and Rome and moving into more contemporary paradigms and treatments. This history will give students a thorough grasp of how much of what is talked about today in terms of “rhetoric” has its origin in antiquity. Students will read primary texts by Plato and Aristotle with the goal of understanding how such thinkers managed to lay the foundations for a field of study that is flexible, nimble, and incredibly powerful. The rich historical and theoretical treatment of rhetoric here will nicely prepare students to be able to follow and contribute to current conversations within the ever-growing field of rhetorical study.
This sample syllabus provides a basic overview of the course. The official course syllabus will be provided within the online course environment, accessible on the first scheduled day of class.
By the conclusion of the course, each participant will be able to do the following:
- Describe how the word “rhetoric” has changed over time since its inception in Ancient Greece with Plato; be able, through comparison, to explain the different conceptions of rhetoric in Plato, Aristotle, and some of the early Greek rhetoricians.
- Identify the key differences (and continuities) between the Roman rhetoric of Cicero and Quintilian and that of the Greeks. Categorize the different conceptions of rhetoric in the Ancient Greece and Rome.
- Categorize and apply techniques and procedures of ancient rhetorical knowledge to current times.
- Formulate the effects and affects rhetoric has at its disposal in the field of composition and “writing studies” and create new effects of and affects from this very “old knowledge.”
- Create opportunities for students/teachers to apply ancient rhetorical knowledge in the writing/composition classroom.
REQUIRED - Bizzell, Patricia, et. al. The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present, 3rd Edition. New York: Macmillan, 2020 (referred to in course/syllabus as TRT).
Discussion Posts & Responses
Candidates will complete assigned content readings and respond to weekly discussion/reflection prompts. Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Kameen Position Papers
Candidates will compose two Kameen Position Papers and create a thoughtful response to another candidate’s position paper.
Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Candidates will compose a project in the form of a “Pecha Kucha” . The project will illustrate how one would like to best define “rhetoric” while also illustrating the term’s/activities current and contemporary relevance and importance.
Course Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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