Fall 2014 Schedule

RHCS 100-01 Public Speaking (TR) 9:00-10:15am
RHCS 100-02 Public Speaking (TR) 1:30-2:45pm
RHCS 102-01 Interpersonal Communication (MW) 3:00-4:15pm
RHCS 103-01 Rhetorical Theory (T) 9:00-11:40am
RHCS 104-01 Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (TR) 3:00 -4:15 pm
RHCS 295-01 ST: Rhetoric + Television (TR) 10:30-11:45 am
RHCS 353-01 Rhetoric + Law (R) 9:00-11:40am
RHCS 361-01 Rhetoric, Media and 1960’s (TR) 1:30-2:45pm
RHCS 412-01 Rhetoric + Revolution (MW) 9:00-10:15am

Course descriptions

Topics for RHCS 295 and RHCS 412

RHCS 295 ST: Rhetoric and Television- Dr. Achter

This course is an introduction to critical-rhetorical analysis of contemporary television. In it we will learn about rhetorical analysis and television criticism methods that can help us address a series of questions. How do television programs and genres empower (or disempower) people? How does television work as a site of opposition? As an instrument of oppression or discipline? How does the political economy of television impact its creativity? What are the aesthetic, logical, and ethical strategies of television programming and how can we determine whether programs are “good” or “bad”? In answering these questions the course will draw from multiple television genres, including news, weather, sports, competition TV, advertising, talk shows, comedy, drama, and more.

RHCS 412 ST: Rhetoric and Revolution—Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of 1989- Dr. Barney

The momentous revolutions across Central and Eastern Europe in 1989 were created, sustained, contested, re-remembered, and reconstituted through the power of symbols. With the 25th anniversary of the revolutions upon us, this course looks at the fall of communism and its tumultuous aftermath from a rhetorical perspective covering cases in Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Romania, and others. From the lofty speeches of resistance leaders, the homemade pamphlets circulated by intellectuals, the slogans used by everyday protesters, to the provocative photos, television broadcasts, and even monuments, memorials and the Berlin Wall itself, the emerging democracies in Europe were built on an extraordinary combination of language and visuality. While using 1989’s revolutions as an organizing principle, the course also explores issues of globalization, justice, identity, and nationalism in the post-communist period—tracing how the memory of 1989 was used strategically by different political actors in the decades since. Students will write original rhetorical criticism on primary artifacts from the 1989-era and beyond, and will engage with international students and experts from other disciplines at UR during the course of the semester.