Rhetorical theory can be loosely defined as the theory of effective communication. This course begins with a review of key figures and texts in the history of Western rhetoric, while also introducing some non-Western rhetorical traditions. It then turns to more contemporary issues, including the rhetoric of visual messages and electronic media, feminist rhetoric, and the politics of technical rhetoric. Questions addressed include: What is the relationship of rhetoric to morality? What are the social and political constraints on any rhetorical act?Note: WRIT 685 is restricted to graduate students admitted into the Master of Technical Communication program; contact Dr. Victoria Sadler at Victoria.email@example.com for more information.
4 Graduate credits
Effective December 17, 2006 to May 3, 2021
Meets graduation requirements for
- Understand historical development of current rhetorical theory
- Analyze primary and secondary sources
- Analyze various forms of communication using rhetorical theory
- Produce rhetorical communication using rhetorical theory