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Rhetoric

RHET 199 Topics in Rhetoric (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Rhetoric. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

RHET 242 Rhetoric and Leadership (1)

This course explores the ways rhetoric can foster effective leadership. Topics include: an examination of the leader's symbolic action through credibility, identifications, persona, values and agency; an exploration of group culture and roles; and a consideration of the leader-group interaction in decision-making and ethics. The course includes a required practical component.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities
  • Offering: Alternating years
  • Instructor: Clark

RHET 271 Telling the Internment Story (1)

The decision to exclude, evacuate and intern Japanese Americans living on the West Coast during WWII is an historical controversy directly engaging citizens in the Pacific Northwest; it remains a controversy through the museum exhibits, memorial sites, and artistic representations of the internment that continue to be generated to tell the story of this dark part of American history. Students identify and analyze ways of telling this story through films, photographs, paintings, memoirs, memorials and museums. There are three units: Fear & Racism Fanned by the Media, Life in the Camps and Reintegration, and Commemoration Through Museums, Memorials, and Films. Readings for this course include primary documents legislating the exclusion and internment of Japanese Americans, testimonials by internees, print media coverage, and visual and verbal commemorative texts. This is a project based course and includes a film screening lab.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Arts & Humanities
  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

RHET 299 Topics in Rhetoric (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Rhetoric. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

RHET 319W Filming Conflict and Identity (1)

This course examines how national identity is structured and conflict is portrayed in film depictions of the disputed homeland of Israel/Palestine. Most films are by Israelis or Palestinians. This course will consider problems of documentary films, stereotyping, nontraditional narrative structure, and docu-animation within the contest of the religious, social and political tensions in the region. Subject films will range from archival footage and independent documentaries to major feature films.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities
  • Offering: Alternating years
  • Instructor: Clark

RHET 335W Burke and Film: Equipment for Living (1)

Kenneth Burke thought the examination of the patterns used to order human discourse and experience provided people with "equipment for living." His critical theories have influenced writers in the humanities and the social sciences. This course draws on varied film genres--science fiction, the haunted house, the western, documentary, war, drama, and comedy--as it examines concepts of form, identification, motive, piety, agency, visual and verbal symbol manipulation, terministic screens and perspective by incongruity. This writing centered course has an associated required film screening time.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment:  Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities
  • Offering: Alternate Years
  • Instructor: Clark

RHET 362W Telling News: Framing Reality (1)

This course examines news accounts as they construct the meaning of the events they report. Students explore how reality is shaped when the media privileges a particular frame for the events; sketches familiar plotlines, characters, or ideologies; or gives authority to some voices and silences others. Finally, the course addresses the effect of media conventionalizing, in the symbolic complexes addressed and the formulaic stories they spawn, on both the range of interpretations and the range of topics that are publicly addressed.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing-centered; Arts & Humanities
  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Clark

RHET 399 Topics in Rhetoric (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Rhetoric. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

RHET 429 Topics in Rhetoric (1)

A semester-long study of topics in Rhetoric. Topics and emphases will vary according to the instructor. This course may be repeated for credit with different topics.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Topic dependent
  • Prerequisite: Topic dependent
  • Offering: Occasionally
  • Professor: Staff

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