Fall Offerings 2021

RHET: 2055 Persuasion and Advocacy
Takis Poulakos
W 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Focus on understanding how businesses and communities use rhetoric to persuade and advocate; students build their persuasive and advocacy skills by speaking as professionals in a business setting and as advocates in a communal setting.

RHET: 2065 Persuading Different Audiences
Joseph Steinitz
TTH 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm

This new course will develop skills of persuasion in professional contexts, including skills of rhetorical flexibility, recognizing and pursuing opportunities, identifying and fostering collaborative relationships, planning and executing projects, and networking. Students will learn how to present themselves authentically and authoritatively in professional situations (in interviews, in internships, in graduate school, on the job).  Students design professional aspirations and use course projects to present a professional identity in communal, business, and social media settings.

RHET: 2085 Speaking Skills
Takis Poulakos
T 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

This course helps students become confident and effective speakers; assignments include formal presentations and shorter, informal speaking activities; peer and instructor feedback helps students to improve the impression they create as speakers; strengths developed include earning credibility, capturing and maintaining audience interest, and coming across as personable, professional, and confident.

RHET: 2085 Speaking Skills
Bevin O'Connor
TTH 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

This course helps students become confident and effective speakers; assignments include formal presentations and shorter, informal speaking activities; peer and instructor feedback helps students to improve the impression they create as speakers; strengths developed include earning credibility, capturing and maintaining audience interest, and coming across as personable, professional, and confident.

RHET: 2090 Conversation Practicum
Ben Hassman and Sonja Mayrhofer

TTH 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm 
Intercultural conversation with international students in small groups or pairs; readings, classroom discussions, and in-class training to develop cultural competence and related skills.

RHET/SJUS: 2135 Rhetoric of Diversity & Inclusion: The Language of (Dis)ability
Jennifer Janechek
ARR/ONLINE (Two Sections)

How language is at the root of oppression while also being a powerful tool to enact social justice; students explore the roles of rhetoric in constructing diversity and examine how different bodies and minds are ascribed value based on their alignment with cultural attitudes toward normalcy, ability, race, gender, sexuality, and more; students use written, spoken, and/or signed language and digital forms of expression to create a more inclusive environment in and beyond the classroom.

RHET/POLI/SJUS: 3560 Public Policy and Persuasion 
Carrie Schuettpelz
TTH 9:30 am - 10:45 am

Students build their rhetorical skill set in policy analysis, formation, and communication through a social justice lens; engagement in service-learning projects in one Iowa community where work done directly impacts that community's ability to make changes; development of effective writing and oral presentation styles that can be adapted to different audiences; focus on homelessness policy using social policy and social justice concepts to explore work of policy makers who have "right-sized" existing systems to serve communities in crisis and propose solutions to systemic problems that disadvantage marginalized populations. 

RHET 3630: Apology & the Art of Verbal Self-Defense
Jennifer Stone
TTH 9:30 am - 10:45 am (ONLINE) 

Examination of apology as a defense of actions, opinions, or personal character; role of apology in medical malpractice; corporate apology; role of apology in criminal courts; study of celebrity non-apology apologies; apology as gendered; efficacy of apology in politics; approaches to apology across nations; how to advocate for accommodations without apologizing, especially regarding disability rights; how to evaluate and create effective apologies in interpersonal and public sphere.