Monday, January 19, 2009

Syllabus for Rhetoric 10, Springl 2009

What Is Compelling? The Rhetoric of Argument

12.30-2pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 60 Evans

Course Blog,

Instructor, Dale Carrico:

Roughly and Provisionally Your Final Grade Will Reflect:

Attend/Participate: 15%; Workshops: 15%; Mid-Term: 35%; Final 35%

A Provisional Schedule of Meetings


Week One
January 20
Course Introduction
SKILL SET: An argument is a claim supported by reasons and/or evidence.

January 22
SKILL SET: Ethos, Pathos, Logos

Week Two
January 27
Euripides, Hecuba

January 29
SKILL SET: Four Habits of Argumentative Writing: 1 Formulate a Strong Thesis, 2 Define Terms, 3 Substantiate/Contextualize, 4 Anticipate Objections; Audience/Intention


Week Three
February 3
Kant, "Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose"

February 5
SKILL SET: Intentions -- Interrogation, Conviction, Persuasion, Reconciliation

Week Four
February 10
Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"

February 12
SKILL SET: Audiences -- Sympathetic, Unsympathetic, Apathetic; Rogerian Rhetoric

Week Five
February 17
SKILL SET: The Toulmin Schema

February 19
Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence

Week Six
February 24
SKILL SET: Literal/Figurative Language; Figures, Tropes, Schemes; Four Master Tropes

February 26
SKILL SET: Syllogisms, Enthymemes, Formal Fallacies


Week Seven
March 3
SKILL SET: Syllogisms, Enthymemes, Formal Fallacies

March 5
SKILL SET: Informal Fallacies

Week Eight
March 10
Screening and Discussing the Film, "A History of Violence"

March 12
Screening and Discussing the Film, "A History of Violence"

Week Nine
March 17
Mid-Term Examination, Part One

March 19
Mid-Term Examination, Part Two

Week Ten
Spring Break

Week Eleven
March 31
Art Spiegelman, Maus


April 2
Art Spiegelman, Maus

Week Twelve
April 7
Hannah Arendt, On Violence

April 9
Hannah Arendt, On Violence, and "Must Eichmann Hang?"

Week Thirteen
April 14
Michel Foucault, from Discipline and Punish

April 16
Frantz Fanon, "Concerning Violence" from The Wretched of the Earth and a selection from Black Skin, White Masks

Week Fourteen
April 21
Octavia Butler, Kindred

April 23
Octavia Butler, Kindred

Week Fifteen
April 28
Mike Davis, from Planet of Slums

April 30
Mike Davis, from Planet of Slums


May 5
Judith Butler, from Undoing Gender and Precarious Life

Week Sixteen
May 7
Concluding Remarks
Hand in Take Home Final.