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Spring 2019 Schedule

RHCS 100-01 Public Speaking (T/R) 1:30-2:45 PM

RHCS 100-02 Public Speaking (T/R) 3:00-4:15 PM

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 105-01 Media, Culture and Identity (M/W) 12:00-1:15 PM

RHCS 105-01 Media, Culture and Identity (T/R) 12:00-1:15 PM

RHCS 295-01 Doing History and Theory (T/R) 3:00 -4:15 PM

RHCS 302-01 Adv. Theories/Interpersonal Comm. (T/R) 9:00-10:15 AM

RHCS 302-02 Adv. Theories/Interpersonal Comm. (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 353-01 Rhetoric and Law (T/R) 12:00-1:15 PM

RHCS 412-01 Media Theory  (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM

RHCS 412-02 Philosophy of Communications (M/W) 1:30 – 2:45 PM

RHCS 490-01 Senior Capstone (M/W) 3:00 – 4:15 PM

Course Descriptions

RHCS 295-01“Doing History and Theory”- Dr. Mifsud

History is more than an accounting of past events, it is a means of orchestrating civic life, and in this way,  history has rhetorical effects on identity and community. History is also rhetorically constituted, a performance of rhetorical arts and symbolic actions to “tell stories” in ways that shape public memory, public understanding, public values. We will study together in this method course the rhetorical dimensions and dynamics of history writing in the quest for imagining civic life as just, peaceable, and secure. We will explore how dominant rhetoric of power and privilege write history and how counter-rhetoric (revisionist rhetoric) can dismantle this dominant rhetoric, if only to generate new history, for a new civic life.  We will focus on learning how to read primary theory on history writing. Learning how to read theory is hard. Learning then how to exercise theory in the search for solutions of a historical kind to civic problems and crises is even harder. But both ventures are vital to our civic life. We will study prominent theories on the subjective, figural, and symbolic constitution of history:  Michele Foucault, Archeology of Knowledge, Hayden White Tropics of Discourse, and Kenneth Burke, Attitudes Towards History. Each theory gives us ways of seeing how to do history, and in particular how to do so towards the ends of shaping just and sustainable societies. We will exercise these theories in a variety of historical contexts which we will select together as a class. Students in this class are collaborative researchers, working to forge a more just and sustainable civic life through the scholarly engagement of theory and history.

RHCS 412-01 “Media Theory”- Dr. Towns

Media Theory: This course is designed to introduce students to alternative media and communication studies theories that include and exceed questions of representation. What this means is that much of the media and communication studies examines the content of a medium rather than its form and the material implication that medium brings with its introduction. Alternatively, in this class we will question what are the implications of media form on our media content. Another way to say this is we will ask questions about how media are implicated in what it many media theorists have called “man,” i.e., the human. For us, media are not reducible to representations, but reflective of conceptions of humanity. Yet, this is a human that will be constantly up for debate, in ways that media theory has often been silent on. Therefore, we will critically interrogate what this human means in terms of race, gender, class, and sexuality, while also thinking about the relation between said human and media technologies. The course is, thus, broken down into three sections, all dedicated to critical interrogations of man: “Who is man?” “When was man?” And “What is a man?” 

 RHCS 412-02 “Philosophy of Communications”- Dr. Towns 

Both philosophy and communication have always been interlinked. Philosophy’s approach to “being” has often assumed communication: communicative practices are a central concern of what it means to be “human.” In this class, we will interrogate the relationship between philosophy, communication, and the human. In doing so, we will discover that historically the “human” holds racial implications for philosophy and communication. “Being” has been associated with Western Europe and “communication” for that being has often assumed Western modes mediation. In both cases, white, heterosexual, cisgender, middle classed men are often reflected as the construct of the human. Ultimately, we will approach philosophy and communication from a (black) philosophy of communication perspective that interrogates the forms of mediation through which the human has historically been cast.