Spring Offerings 2021

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

This course aims at strengthening your skills with persuasive communication and your ability to use language to have an impact, to move others rather than simply to convey messages.  The course will also strengthen your skills with advocacy and your ability to discover in your own person a public voice, to adjust it to people and situations and to make it heard. 

RHET: 2065 Persuading Different Audiences
Joseph Steinitz
TTH 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Preparing students for future persuasive demands as they start their careers; students create several short projects addressing a variety of audiences, context, and situations with the goal of developing a professional and personable style; assignments reflect challenging circumstances in the workplace. 

RHET: 2070 Persuasive Stories: Personal Stories for Public Change
Annie Sand
MW 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm (ONLINE)

Over the past few years, we've seen how one person's story can spark a movement and change the world.  In this class we'll learn how to tell our own stories with the same power and beauty.  We'll explore why certain stories move and inspire us in order to understand how we can move and inspire others. We'll also experiment with different ways of telling stories: from writing, to podcasting, to photography, to video.  By the end of this class, you will be able to create impactful narratives in multiple formats designed for the print and digital world. 

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: 2090 Conversation Practicum
Ben Hassman and Sonja Mayrhofer

TTH 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (ONLINE)
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

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: 2350 Forensic Rhetoric
Sonja Mayrhofer 
TTH 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm (ONLINE)

Students strengthen argumentation, communication, and research skills while discussing the cultural phenomenon of forensic rhetoric (i.e., using the past to make arguments); rhetorical analysis of autobiographical stories, development of podcasts related to readings, and a multimodal project involving archival research.

RHET: 3009/URP: 3217/PBAF: 3217 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution      
Iris Frost
MW 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (ONLINE)

Strategies of successful negotiation across a wide range of conflict situations; keys to success in peacefully resolving conflicts; personal, professional, legal, and political negotiations; apologizing; mediation as alternative to litigation; analysis of conflict characteristics to determine optimal negotiation strategies; development of negotiation interpersonal skills; practice negotiating under real world scenarios. 

RHET: 3350 Gaming (the) Systems   
Justin Cosner
TTH 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Knowing that Rhetoric is the art and study of persuasion and meaning making, students examine how games—one of the newest and most important forms of modern media—participate in these rhetorical practices; students play, discuss, and read about games and how games interact with the cultural discourses surrounding us on their way toward crafting their own rhetorical contributions to the world of games and gaming media; students play small, indie titles and a few major games as they produce an argumentative article, a game review, a video blog, and finally a game itself; beginner friendly, no prior knowledge of games or design programs required.

RHET/POLI/SJUS: 3560 Public Policy and Persuasion 
Carrie Schuettpelz
TTH 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (ONLINE)

Students build a professional skill set in the area of public policy; creation of a portfolio of professional materials including a policy briefing to an actual client; assignments geared toward developing concise and effective writing as well as presentational styles adapted to different audiences.

RHET: 3700 Advocacy and Sustainability
Will Jennings 
TTH 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm (ONLINE)

How sustainable approaches to meeting critical social needs (food, water, shelter, air, work) have influenced food systems, policies on development, environmental problems, social justice, and policy both local and global in scope; readings and field research activities leading to creation of work of multimodal advocacy.