RHE 309S: Course Requirements
Individual sections of RHE 309S may vary in emphasis and outlook. All sections share the following pedagogical methods and goals:
• Students should write three major arguments focusing on different themes or subjects related to public issues. For example, one paper could be an analysis of a rhetorical situation or of an argument or set of arguments; another could explore possible arguments on different sides of the same issue; another could take a position on the issue.
• The activities leading to each of the three major papers should include explicit instruction in principles of rhetoric and writing that support the composition of the paper.
• At least one paper should entail library research and significant practice in documentation. Alternatively, elements of the research process can be spread across all three papers.
• Students should be guided through the processes of writing, preparing drafts of most assignments.
• Students should participate in rough-draft workshops and/or showcases of their work.
• Students should practice editing and proofreading their final-draft papers carefully.
All sections of RHE 309S require a handbook, a rhetoric of argument, and readings focused on contemporary political and social issues. If you prefer to compile your own packet of readings, please email your list of proposed readings to the Associate Chair or bring it by Parlin 3 for departmental approval.
The texts below have been used successfully in RHE 309S. Examination copies of these and other texts are available in the DRW AD office (Parlin 3C). You are free to use any books that fulfill the criteria outlined above.
- A Rhetoric of Argument, Fahnestock and Secor
Handbooks (the following handbooks also provide tools and terms for rhetorical analysis)