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November 24, 2022

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Description

This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion through

  • Analyzing persuasive texts and speeches
  • Creating persuasive texts and speeches

Through class discussions, presentations, and written assignments, you will get to practice your own rhetorical prowess. Through the readings, you’ll also learn some ways to make yourself a more efficient reader, as you turn your analytical skills on the texts themselves. This combination of reading, speaking, and writing will help you succeed in:

  • learning
  • to read and think critically
  • techniques of rhetorical analysis
  • techniques of argument
  • to enhance your written and oral discourse with appropriate figures of speech
  • some techniques of oral presentation and the use of visual aids and visual rhetoric.

Course Curriculum

  • Class Introduction Unlimited
  • What is Rhetoric? Unlimited
  • Overview of Classical Rhetoric & Aristotle’s Rhetorical System Unlimited
  • Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in Action & Figures of Style I Unlimited
  • Eulogies and Figures of Speech II Unlimited
  • Plato’s Gorgias & Figures of Style II Unlimited
  • Points at Issue Unlimited
  • Figures of Style and Thought III Unlimited

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