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Rhetoric

Goals and Objectives

Students will develop sensitivity to ethical issues in communication.

  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate ethical issues in communication situations encountered in classroom discussions, readings, and assignments.
  • Propose strategies for responding appropriately to ethical problems identified in discussions, readings, and assignments.

Students will demonstrate the ability to think critically.

  • Identify fallacies in argumentative discourses.
  • Interpret and evaluate the use of evidence in created and received messages.
  • Recognize different forms of reasoning in oral and written discourses.

Students will be able to distinguish various approaches to the study of communication.

  • Identify important issues and developments in the history of communication theory.
  • Apply communication theories in the performance and analysis of communication acts.

Students will attain competence in oral communication.

  • Be able to prepare and deliver an informative or persuasive speech on a variety of topics.
  • Be able to prepare and present an aesthetic performance.
  • Evaluate the possible impact of a speech or a performance on various audiences.

Students will develop greater awareness of the social context in which communication occurs.

  • Apply the transactional model in the analysis of communication to a real or hypothetical communication situation.
  • Enact the transactional model when communicating with others.
  • Practice appropriate audience behavior.
  • Explain the social and political implications of strategies used in historical and contemporary communication situations.

Students will knowledgeable and aware of the nonverbal components of communication interactions.

  • Explain principles of nonverbal communication.
  • Describe the relationships between verbal and nonverbal elements in communication interactions.
  • Practice vocal and physical strategies in the performance of texts and everyday life exchanges.