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Fall 2017 Schedule

RHCS 100-01 Public Speaking (T/R) 9:00-10:15 am

RHCS 102-01 Interpersonal Communication (M/W) 9:00-10:15 AM

RHCS 102-02 Interpersonal Communication (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 103-01 Rhetorical Theory (TR) 3:00-4:15 PM

RHCS 104-01 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 105-01 Media, Culture, and Identity (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 279-01 Performing the News (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 295-01 ST: Method in Rhetorical Criticism (MW) 1:30 -2:45 PM

RHCS 295-02 ST: Doing Histories and Theories (TR) 1:30-2:45 PM

RHCS 343-01 Rhetoric and Politics  (T/R) 9:00-10:15 AM

RHCS 355-01 Rhetoric, Media, and Feminism 1830-1980 (MW) 12:00-1:15 PM

RHCS 412-01 ST: Digital Memory and the Archive (T/R) 12:00-1:15 PM

RHCS 412-02 ST: Support in Close Relationships (M/W) 1:30-2:45 PM

Course Descriptions

RHCS 279-01: Performing the News- Dr. Cox; T/R 10:30-11:45 AM

It’s hard to miss theatrical influences in today’s news. From Stephen Colbert to Rush Limbaugh, some of our most popular purveyors of the news are also entertainers. But their work is not entirely new: in fact, performers and the press have long been in cahoots. This course integrates communication studies, American studies, and performance studies to explore the relationship between news and theatre in American public culture. Students will apply theories of performance to a range of case studies in American journalism, from the “Stunt Women” of the early 20th C., to President Roosevelt’s Fireside Chats, to The Daily Show.

RHCS 295-01: Methods in Rhetorical Criticism- Dr. Tonn; M/W 3:00-4:15 PM

This course provides an introduction to historical/critical methods in rhetorical research and offers experiences in interfaces between particular social texts and their social context so as to develop analytical prowess for illuminating rhetorical texts, whether they be speeches, monuments, film, journalistic reports, photographs, parades, or other symbolization.  The course begins with an overview of both traditional and developing approaches to rhetorical scholarship during the last several decades, exposes students to landmark studies using common modes of interpretation, such as metaphoric, generic, or dramatistic, as well as more eclectic critical work melding methodological and theoretical approaches from varied disciplines and eras.  Beyond orienting students to key issues and methods animating rhetorical criticism, this provides experiential practice for rendering students more sophisticated consumers and critics of rhetorical action and lay groundwork for independent rhetorical investigations, preparing them for various pursuits, including graduate school.  Particular attention will be paid to “critical invention,” meaning how critics decide on ideas for critical analyses.

RHCS 295-02 ST: Doing History- Dr. Mifsud; T/R 1:30-2:45 PM

This methods course focuses on history and theory writing in the study of rhetoric.  Students will read histories of rhetorical theory and explore a variety of approaches to doing history and theory in general, and in rhetorical studies in particular.  Assignments, in addition to reading and class participation, will focus on student presentation, essay writing, examination, and research preparation. 

RHCS 412-01: Digital Memory and the Archive- Dr. Maurantonio; T/R 12:00-1:15 PM

How do we move studies of the past into the digital realm? Throughout the semester, students will grapple with fundamental curatorial questions necessary to build an archive — a dynamic space for the preservation, storage, and accessing of historic artifacts. Complicating notions of the “archive” as a natural and transparent space, students will develop content for the Race & Racism at the University of Richmond digital collection. Taking as its mission the documentation, preservation, and analysis of texts illuminating the University of Richmond’s racial history, the project seeks, through collaboration between faculty, students, staff, and the Richmond community, to foster critical discussion about the University’s past, present, and future.

RHCS 412-02: Support in Close Relationships- Dr. Vickery; M/W 1:30-2:45 PM

This course will explore the foundations of supportive communication and situate supportive communication the context of family relationships, romantic relationships, and friendships.  Further, we will also address the role of technology, culture, and identity in determining why some attempts to help others fail (or are seen as less appropriate, helpful, or supportive) and contrast supportive communication in close relationships with informal helping relationships and functional/task-focused relationships (like the workplace).  In addition to class discussions stemming from assigned readings, students will also complete brief analytical presentations to help guide and encourage class discussions.  At the end of the semester, students have the option to complete either an individual literature review project or a group project involving data collection and analysis.