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Topics in Rhetoric Course Objectives

Supported BA in English learning outcomes

  • Students will develop their skill in crafting a compelling thesis-driven essay, with substantiating evidence.
  • Students will develop their skill in finding, analyzing, and utilizing secondary sources (including appropriate methods of citation).
  • Students will develop their skill in writing grammatically, coherently, and persuasively.
  • Students will develop their ability to explain and apply significant theoretical and critical approaches in the field of English studies.

Supported MA in English Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to produce a sophisticated, article-length essay.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to situate their projects within broader critical, historical, social, cultural or philosophical contexts.
  • Students will demonstrated a polished writing style (free of major mechanical errors) that enables them to present ideas and evidence at a high scholarly level.
  • Students will demonstrate in-depth knowledge of key critical/theoretical debates relevant to their topic.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, each student should be able to

  • Understand important current debates in rhetoric and cultural studies related to the theoretical field of posthumanism
  • Engage with and respond to texts in critical theory through close reading and annotation
  • Engage with and respond to rhetorical artifacts through a practice of theoretically-based analysis and deconstruction
  • Engage in informed discussions of complex discourses
  • Synthesize complex discourses in the contexts of rhetorical practices

In addition, by the end of the course graduate students should be able to

  • Closely read, interpret, and engage with foundational philosophical arguments/texts, and synthesize those discourses with other discourses in the course
  • Lead informed and helpful discussions on the discourses represented in courses texts
  • Know how to create a theoretically-informed syllabus for a college composition course
  • Articulate your own position on a range of theoretical and pedagogical issues in relation to other composition scholars and teachers