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Rhetoric: the Practice of Oral and Written Communication

2019/2020
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
4
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 3 модуль

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Course Syllabus

Abstract

During the course students will be developing key skills in rhetoric as well as raise their understanding and awareness of the key theoretical foundations of rhetoric within the disciplinary frame of Political studies. As the major learning outcome, we expect students to understand and to become familiar with the theoretical foundations and key concepts of Rhetoric, critically develop skills of a critical rhetor (rhetorical situation, rhetorical act), of speaking and writing in a set of rhetorical situations.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • As the major learning outcome, we expect students to understand and to become familiar with the theoretical foundations and key concepts of Rhetoric, critically develop skills of a critical rhetor (rhetorical situation, rhetorical act), of speaking and writing in a set of rhetorical situations.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knows key historical periods in Rhetoric
  • Understands the salient features of each period in Rhetoric history
  • Is able to critically compare/contrast different historical periods and demonstrate original thinking, show strong evidence of preparatory research and background knowledge.
  • Is able to demonstrate an ability to rhetorically analyze a text and orally present the analysis to the audience
  • Is able to develop a clear argument in writing which contains key argiment elements.
  • Is able to develop a visual arguemnt as part of visual rhetoric strategies.
  • Is able to write an essay and analyze the rhetoric of a political speech, find rhetorical tools (micro, macro, strategies, tropes and schemes, etc.), support the analysis with relevant examples from the text, explain how each of them and all of them together create a certain effect on the reader.
  • Is able to critically read a text, ask and answer questions
  • Is able to write a reader response
  • Is able to prepare and deliver a political speech
  • Is able to take part in debates
  • Knows salient features of political text (speeches, published media)
  • Is able to prepare and deliver a powerful public talk
  • Understands cross-cultural communication issues and rhetoric
  • Is able to take part in a discussion and demonstrate original thinking, show strong evidence of preparatory research and broad background knowledge.
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction to the course. History of Rhetoric as a discipline
  • Rhetorical triangle
  • From clear thinking towards clear writing
  • 50 shades of argument
  • Visual rhetoric
  • Critical reading skills
  • Political rhetoric
  • Language and Discourse
  • Public speaking
  • Rhetoric across cultures and languages
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Group Project "Famous rhetorician"
    The purpose of the task is to read and talk about a famous rhetorician. Choose one person from the list (who you find the most interesting, promising, etc.). List of names is to be sent by the instructor. Create a captivating story about the rhetorician. Dig deep and find something really fascinating about his personality, his texts and achievements in rhetoric. Use small excerpt from the original texts created by the rhetorician to illustrate your points. Talk time is 5 minutes. The quality of your ideas is important.
  • non-blocking Group presentation "Logos, Pathos, Ethos"
    Team talk is 5-7 minutes. The quality of your own examples is important.
  • non-blocking Group presentation "Verbal vs visual argument"
    Part 1: develop an image using visual rhetoric to send your message. Poster format. Part 2: develop a paragraph and persuade your readers to believe your claim. Use argument structure. Part 1 = Talk – 2-3 minutes. The quality of your visual argument and your explanation are important.
  • non-blocking Экзамен
    End-of-the-course assessment is a written examination. This is an 1,5 hour exam that assesses students' skills of rhetorical analysis of visual/verbal texts. Students write a short rhetorical essay. Экзамен проводится в письменной форме 23 июня 2020 года в 10.30. Экзамен проводится на платформе Google. На платформе будут размещены задания по вариантам и список студентов с указанием варианта. К экзамену необходимо подключиться за 5 минут до начала, чтобы найти свой вариант задания и подготовиться к работе. В рабочей группе VK по риторике будет размещена ссылка на Google папку с заданиями. Компьютер студента должен удовлетворять требованиям: наличие интернета, текстового редактора Word. После окончания экзамена студенты загружают свои работы в Google форму (ссылка на форму закроется в 11.50.). Ссылка на форму ответа размещается в папке с заданиями. Для участия в экзамене студент обязан: самостоятельно подготовить текст. Экзамен проводится в письменной форме (аналитичесое эссе на базе риторического анализа текста). Экзамен проводится асинхронно на платформе Google (https://www.google.com/). Длительность работы над текстом 1 час 20 минут. Во время экзамена студентам запрещено: отправлять материалы текста, черновики другим студентам. Во время экзамена студентам разрешено: использовать материалы курса, записи лекций, языковые словари. При долговременном нарушении связи (более 10 минут) студент не может продолжить участие в экзамене. Процедура пересдачи аналогична процедуре сдачи.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.2 * Group presentation "Logos, Pathos, Ethos" + 0.2 * Group presentation "Verbal vs visual argument" + 0.2 * Group Project "Famous rhetorician" + 0.4 * Экзамен
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 50 steps to improving your academic writing. Study book, Sowton, Ch., 2012
  • Connolly, J. (2007). The State of Speech : Rhetoric and Political Thought in Ancient Rome. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=286701
  • Language, Power and Ideology : Studies in political discourse, edited by Ruth Wodak, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1989. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=673092.
  • Rhetoric in European Culture and Beyond, Karolinum Press, 2015. ProQuest Ebook Central, https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/hselibrary-ebooks/detail.action?docID=2057512.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Jerit, J. (2004). Survival of the Fittest: Rhetoric During the Course of an Election Campaign. Political Psychology, 25(4), 563–575. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2004.00387.x