History of Rhetoric and Communication Studies
History of Rhetoric and Communication Studies COMM 249
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COMM 249 AREAS OF IN QUIRY History of Rhetoric and Communication Studies WESTERN TRADITIONS This form must be submitted to the Faculty Council on Liberal Learning and Academic Life as part of the submission process Please attach a proposed syllabus for this course and the Undergraduate Curriculum Course Proposal Form DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS 10 January 2005 Please answer the following questions Check Only One X This course is an existing course that we are now proposing for this Area of Inguiry This is a new course that we are now proposing for this Area of Inquiry 1 Name and contact information for the department chair administrating this course Dr Claire Jacobs BTC 351 cjacobscnuedu 5948406 2 In any given semester how many sections ofthis course is your department willing to offer 2 3 Why is this course being offeredwhat is it designed to achieve Course purposegoal COMM 249 the History of Rhetoric and Communication is an introduction to the rich history of rhetoric through a variety of disciplinary perspectives and orients students to the communication studies field Rhetoric is one of the oldest Western traditions dating back to the Ancient Greeks Over the course of the semester we study major theorists ie Aristotle Plato Burke theories ie Greek Systems Roman Systems Dialogic Systems and specializations ie Feminism Media Postmodernism in the field of rhetoric Consequently there is an equal quot 39 on 39 quot g39 39 quot a theo y a practical application of theoretical knowledge Students should ultimately cultivate a broad knowledge of the field of rhetoric and how it continues to be an important element of understanding contemporary American culture 4 Checkthe objectives below that the course will address The first two objectives are required and every proposal must include at least one more objective from the list below X Critically examine the thought processes that have evolved in Western culture required X Analyze primary works within the framework the course provides required Situate locate and explain one or more of the historical artistic or intellectual traditions ofthe West in its cultural context X Describe how the material under study has influenced the development of Western culture X Connect the historical roots of phenomena with later aspects of the tradition 5 Briefly explain how this class addresses the above objectives A course may cover more than three bjectives For objective 1 students will critically examine how rhetoric evolved as a discipline in Western culture by locating the traditions of rhetoric and tracing their influence into contemporary times This wi assessed through a variety of quizzes both written and oral asking students to explain and analyze the theoretical positions discussed in class For objectives 2 students will write two essays demonstrating their comprehension of primary rhetorical works These are termed Article Review assignments For each review students will analyze a primary work of one of the theorists we discuss in class For objective 4 students will increase their media literacy by critically analyzing contemporary rhetorical arguments through in class exercises and quizzes This will help expand their understanding of how rhetoric influences our daily lives and helps shape our national culture For objective 5 students will connect observations made in their article reviews to the broader field of communication through the 249 poster session open to the entire university community Each student will present a poster on one of the theorists they read in primary text and explain their influence on contemporary communication scholarship Posters will be judged by an interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff members at CNU in an effort to emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of rhetoric O a E 8 8 Course Assessment Identify how this course will accomplish the above objectives choose at least one X Participating in class discussion and debate Engaging in teamwork and other collaborative exercises X Writing analytical or evaluative papers perhaps incorporating original research X Making oral presentations X Creating an artistic product or a performance Participating in fieldwork X Other means please identify Use of essay portions of quizzes and exams to assess interconnected understanding of course material Attach a proposed syllabus which includes a statement of purpose course objectives and how these objectives will be accomplished SEE ATTACHED 8 Please identify and explain ifthis course contributes to the Foundations of Liberal Learning expectations for X Oral Communication Literacy Students are required to complete inclass oral competencies displaying their understanding of the readings throughout the semester These presentations will increase oral communication skills and argumentation In addition students will present their poster projects in a more formal manner to the university community thus their preparation for this project will include discovering ways to explain their chosen primary texts orally to those who may not have read the texts X Information Literacy The poster project session will require students to go beyond the assigned articles in class Each student will be completing a profile on the theorist who produced the primary work analyzed and thus students will need to seek additional information outside of class to complete this component X Writing Literacy Students will complete two essays on primary rhetorical works and will also be responsible for inclass and takehome written quizzes covering all material in the course Midterm and final exams may also contain essay questions to test students ability to write about rhetorical ideas clearly 9 Explain how this course connects to Vision 2010 the GNU Strategic Plan This proposal connects to several key components of Vision 2010 First the course emphasizes critical thinking by requiring students to analyze primary textual works in rhetoric aligning it with Curriculum Goal B Support learning that cultivates critical and innovative thinking It also addresses Curriculum Goal C Foster independent student learning by requiring students to complete independent analyses ofthese primary works and then present their findings to the university community in a public forum These assignments also align well with Student Goals A Foster campuswide commitment to academic life and culture and C Sustain and promote a climate of universitywide undergraduate and graduate intellectual engagement as well as Campus Community Goal A Foster and promote the civic benefits of the public liberal arts and sciences university As a whole the class will also address Curriculum Goal A Provide an intellectually challenging and dynamic liberal learning curriculum by utilizing interdisciplinary approaches to rhetoric Submission Checklist By the deadline submit a packet with the following documents to the Assistant Dean for Liberal Learning Please submit in electronic and hard copy form X Area of Inquiry Course Proposal Form X Syllabus for the Course na Undergraduate Curriculum Committee Course Proposal Form lA CITRISTORIITRNTWDORT UNIVEESITY COMM 249 0 HISTORY OF RHETORIC AND COMMUNICATION STUDIES Department of Communication Studies Spring Semester 2005 PROFESSOR XXXXXX CONTACT INFORMATION XXXXX OFFICE HOURS XXXXX REQUIRED TEXTS These texts are required and necessary for successful completion of the course You may purchase them from the bookstore Herrick J A 2005 The history and theory of rhetoric An introduction 3rd ed Boston Allyn amp Bacon Hacker D 2003 A writer s reference 2003 MLA update 5th ed Boston Bedford Books There will also be some additional articles and readings available at the library reserve Students will be expected to read these as directed COURSE DESCRIPTION AND OBJECTIVES This class is an introduction to the rich history of communication through a variety of academic disciplines and should help orient students to the communication studies field Over the course of the semester we study major theorists theories and specializations in the field of communication studies Consequently there is an equal emphasis on understandingcomprehending theory and practical application of theoretical knowledge After completing this course students should accomplish the following objectives 1 Demonstrate a mastery of the definitions of rhetoric and critically examine how rhetoric has evolved in Western culture 2 Understand the rich history of the communication discipline demonstrating an ability to connect a variety of historical contexts definitions and scholarly works to contemporary life 3 Learn to critically analyze and evaluate primary works within the field of rhetoric thereby increasing essential critical thinking skills 4 Understand how the material in the course has influenced the development of Western culture 5 Connect the historical roots of rhetoric to contemporary communication theories and understand its fundamental importance to everyday life 6 Gain knowledge of self efficacy and apply principles of time management selfdirection and communicative effectiveness to everyday interactions ATTENDANCE amp OTHER POLICIES To be determined by the instructor of record ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Christopher Newport University s reputation and credibility as an institution of higher learning rests on the commitment of every student to upholding and protecting its academic and social integrity I expect all students to adhere to the Honor Code of CNU On my honor I will maintain the highest possible standards of honesty integrity and personal responsibility This means I will not lie cheat or steal and as a member of this academic community I am committed to creating an environment of respect and mutual trust Intentional acts of lying stealing or cheating are violations of the Code that can result in sanctioning The most common of these errors is plagiarism or the copyingstealingmodification of someone else s academic work without proper sourcing or documentation Plagiarism is the most egregious academic crime and is an insult to your professor your classmates and most importantly yourself Students caught plagiarizing any material at any time in my courses will receive an automatic F for the entire course More about the honor code can be found at httpwwwcnueduclashonorsystempdf COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADES The following assignments will be completed by each student The points system allows students to calculate their standing in the course with relative accuracy It is each student s responsibility to keep accurate records of their progress included detailed dated class notes Exams Points Possible Syllabus Quiz Quizzes 100 Midterm Exam 50 Final Exam 100 Class Participation amp Respect 90 Assignments Article Review 1 50 Article Review 2 50 Poster Project 50 Total 500 The following grading scale will be used in the course A 93 100 or 465500 pts A 90 92 or 450464 pts 8 8789 or 435449 pts B 83 86 or 415434 pts B 8082 or 400414 pts 0 77 79 or 385399 pts C 73 76 or 365384 pts 0 70 72 or 350364 pts D 67 tr69 or 335349 pts D 6366 or 315334 pts D 60 62 or 300314 pts F 0 59 or 0299 pts EXAMS Syllabus Quiz 10 points There is a short quiz over the all of the information contained in the syllabus during the first week of class Read the syllabus in its entirety as each student will be responsible for all information contained herein Quizzes 100 points Quizzes are designed to test student s cognitive comprehension of the material throughout the semester They are exercises in expressing your own voice and utilizing critical thinking skills to question challenge and confirm ideas knowledge and theories Simple regurgitation of the readings or writing what you think the professor wants to hearquot will not receive credit All quizzes are unannounced and will cover the readings or assignments These may or may not cover readings assigned on a particular day In other words all quizzes are cumulative Midterm Exam 50 points Students will have a choice between a midterm exam consisting of multiple choice and short answer questions OR an essay exam Each of these options will assess students cognitive understanding of major ideas and objectives in the first half of the course Final exam 100 points The final exam will commence in two parts objective and essay The objective portion of the exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions The essay portion of the exam will be an indepth writing exercise along the lines of quiz questions assessing your cognitive understanding of major ideas and objectives for the entire semester CLASS PARTICIPATION amp RESPECT Class participation and respect is worth 90 points toward your final grade You are expected to contribute to a constructive collegial classroom environment by showing the appropriate respect to your instructor and classmates Infringements on respect and participation could include discrediting another student s perspective failing to come to class prepared arguing in a disrespectful manner with the instructor or other students or failing to sufficiently contribute to group projects and in class assignments Throughout the semester there will be unannounced inclass oral competency components On these days students will be drawn at random to answer questions about the course orally in front ofthe class If you are not in attendance when your name is called you will lose 10 points toward your participation qrade Oral competencies function like quizzes in that all students are required to complete at least one oral competency Students may be required to perform more than one competency and students should expect that their selection will be randomized in class ASSIGNMENTS Article Reviews 50 points each In these projects you will critically analyze primary articles in communication studies The purpose ofthe assignment is to make connections between what rhetorical theorists have written in the field of communication and the historical elements discussed throughout the course This assignment also exposes you to primary textsquot meaning you will read writings of some of the theorists we discuss in class Your main objective should be to explain clearly what each articles does and how it draws from the historical theoriestheorists we discuss in class Based on your selection you may need to read ahead in your textbook to locate information that will best serve your purpose in the assignment These reviews should adhere to a 750 1000 word limit 3 4 doublespaced typed pages in 1012 point Arial font For each review there will be a list of primary works circulated during class Each student will select a different article for each assignment Poster Project 50 points The purpose of this assignment is to showcase your ability to connect historical communication theoriesscholars to contemporary discourses in the interdisciplinary field of communication studies Each student is required to present a poster summarizing the major contributions of a particular theorist we study during the semester Specifically when you select your second article review you will also be selecting the theorist to study indepth for the remainder of the semester Think of this assignment much like science fair projects you presented in grade school each person will display their posters as guests walk through and ask questions Your poster will be judged by members of the CNU faculty and administration and thus needs to be constructed professionally ALL STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND THIS SESSION If you have a university scheduling conflict you MUST notify me immediately so that arrangements can be made for your participation You will be required to provide an official copy of your university registration before any alternative arrangements are made CALENDAR OF EVENTS Week One Introduction to the Course Syllabus Quiz Week Two An Introduction to Rhetoric Read lntro amp Chapter 1 Week Three The Origins and History of Rhetoric The Greeks Read Chapters 2 amp 3 Week Four Aristotle s lnfluence Read Chapter 4 Week Five Rhetoric in Rome Read Chapter 5 Article Review 1 Due Week Six Rhetoric in Christian Europe Read Chapter 6 Week Seven Review for Midterm Exam Midterm Exam lssued Week Eight RenaissanceEnlightenment Rhetoric Read Chapters 7 amp 8 Week Nine Arguments Audiences and Advocacy Read Chapter 9 Week Ten Rhetoric as Equipment for Living Read Chapter 10 Week Eleven Texts Power and Alternatives Read Chapter 11 Week Twelve DistributionDiscussion of Theorists Article Review 2 Due Week Thirteen Contemporary Extensions of Rhetoric In Class Rhetorical Analysis Week Fourteen Poster Session Poster Project Due Week Fifteen Wrap Up Review for Final Exam Final Exam lssued January 14 F Class Introductions amp Activity January 19 W Five Central Discourses of Rhetoric January 24 M The Origins and History of Rhetoric The Greeks Read Chapter 3 as as March 21 M Texts Power and Alternatives Read Chapter 11 March 25 F Discussion of Poster Projects March 30 W Texts Power and Alternatives pm POSTER SESSION FROM 530 900 PM El D STUDENT LEARNING CONTRACT having reviewed the policies for Dr Meyer s course hereby certify that I fully understand how to contact Dr Meyer and when and where her office hours are held I fully understand which texts are required for the course and where to find the subsequent readings I fully understand the policies regarding the completion and submission of coursework including the due dates of particular assignments I fully understand that I may not submit any assignment via email and that I may not make up quizzes if I am not in attendance the day the quiz is issued I fully understand that any form of academic misconduct will result in an F for the entire course I fully understand that if I have special academic needs I must register with Disability Support Services I fully understand that I must wait 24 hours after receiving a grade to contact my professor about meeting to discuss grades and that I am to use this time to reflect on the learning objectives of the assignment I fully understand that I must take the midterm and final exam at the official designated time I fully understand that I must be present at the poster session on April 13m from 6001000 pm and that if I have a verifiable university scheduling conflict I must notify the professor immediately I fully understand that as a member ofthe CNU academic community I am required to participate in a constructive collegial and supportive classroom environment which means that I must have assignments completed on time must participate in class discussions and must be prepared to deliver inclass oral presentations attesting to this competency I fully understand that should I fail to adhere to any of the above guidelines the professor may request that I leave class complete remedial work or meet with her outside of class to get on track with the course By signing this contract I acknowledge that l have a choice in my educational outcomes I could have left this class if I did not agree with these policies and I am eager to participate to my fullest capacity in this particular course By choosing to stay in the course I agree to the above requirements and vow to complete them throughout the course of the semester Signed Date Printed Name