21W.747 Rhetoric

Spring 2005

Theodore Roosevelt making a speech.

Theodore Roosevelt standing on a table outdoors and making a speech to men seated around him. (Image courtesy of Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division [Reproduction number, LC-USZ62-95886 (b&w film copy neg.)])

Course Highlights

This course features a detailed assignments section and, in the projects section, video of student debates.

Course Description

This course uses the study of rhetoric as an opportunity to offer instruction in critical thinking. Through extensive writing and speaking assignments, students will develop their abilities to analyze texts of all kinds and to generate original and incisive ideas of their own. Critical thinking and original analysis as expressed in writing and in speech are the paramount goals of this class. The course will thus divide its efforts between an examination of the subject matter and an examination of student writing and speaking, in order to encourage in both instances the principal aims of the course.

Special Features

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

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Prof. Aden Evens

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session