21W.747-3 Classical Rhetoric and Modern Politics

Spring 2006

Greek orator.
Greek orator making a point at the Capitoline Museum in Rome, Italy. (Image courtesy of Flickr.com. Photo by Mary Harrsch.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of assignments and readingsRelated resources contains a compliation of rhetorical samples.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice, and implications of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion. The course is designed to let you practice your own rhetorical prowess. This combination of reading, speaking, and writing will help you succeed in:
  • Learning to read and think critically.
  • Learning techniques of rhetorical analysis.
  • Learning techniques of argument.
  • Learning and practicing some basics about oral presentation.
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Prof. Leslie Perelman

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session