Spring 2014 Schedule
RHCS 100-01 Public Speaking (TR) 10:30-11:45 am
RHCS 102-01 Interpersonal Communication (MW) 10:30-11:45 am
RHCS 103-01 Rhetorical Theory (TR) 3:00-4:15 pm
RHCS 104-01 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (TR) 3:00 -4:15 pm
RHCS 104-02 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (TR) 12:00-1:15 pm
RHCS 295-01 ST: Doing History (T) 9:00-11:40 am
RHCS 333-01 Theory and Pedagogy (MW) 10:30-11:45am
RHCS 412-01 ST: Communication and the Gift (R) 9:00-11:40 am
RHCS 412-02 ST: Rhet. of Display and Visuality (TR) 1:30-2:45pm
RHCS 490-01 Senior Capstone (M) 9:00- 11:40 am
RHCS 490-02 Senior Capstone (W) 9:00- 11:40 am
RHCS 490-L01 Senior Capstone Lab 1 (W) 9:00-11:40 am
RHCS 490-L02 Senior Capstone Lab 2 (M) 9:00-11:40 am
See course descriptions.
Topics for RHCS 295 and RHCS 412
RHCS 295 ST: Doing History- Dr. Mifsud
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 ST: Communication and the Gift– Dr. Mifsud
What is giving? What is receiving? Since the path-breaking work of anthropologist Marcel Mauss at the beginning of the 20th century a growing recognition has emerged that in a global and cross-cultural view of human society, the gift figures prominently in myriad communicative performances, from interpersonal, cultural, and political performances for purposes of identity construction, interpersonal dynamics, and political diplomacy. In this seminar we will take a close look at the gift and its significance in human society by way of exploring classical and contemporary texts and theory, from Homeric epics to Aristotle's Art of Rhetoric, Mauss' sociology of the gift, and various continental philosophers focusing on the gift, including Jacques Derrida, Georges Bataille, Slavoj Zizek, and Hélène Cixous. Although an interdisciplinary phenomenon, the gift in this course invites our focus on the communicative dimensions for rhetorical theorizing and critique. Students will be guided in conducting research projects on the gift. These projects will have the potential to go beyond classroom work, namely to be reviewed for possible presentation at various conferences and symposia, with the additional possibility of applying for grant support for research and travel from the Undergraduate Research Committee in the School of Arts and Sciences.
RHCS 412-02 ST: Rhetoric of Display and Visuality- Dr. Tonn
Rhetorical analysis of myriad ways in which visual displays and performances historically have and continue to figure in constituting individual, group, and national identity and augmenting persuasion along a vast range of rhetorical arenas. Visual and performative topics may include influences on shaping collective memory, political resistance, various aspects of daily life, elective politics and public policy, and other propaganda efforts nationally and internationally. Venues explored may include cartoons, photography and film, iconic symbols, art, theater, ritual, magazines, monuments, stamps, fashion, and emerging new social media.