Social responsibilities of the public and private oral communicator, assender and receiver; the issues of freedom of speech and explorationof problems of ethics in speech communication.
Communicationtheory and practices within the context of American politics. Moderncampaigns, political communication consultants, issue definition anddissemination, communication strategies of administrative control,and communication within the presidency and within congress.Special focus on the mass media.
Foundations of rhetoric, emphasizing the contributions of Plato,Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, and selected medieval, Renaissance,and post- Renaissance rhetorical theorists.
Issues inrhetorical theory construction, trends in 20th-century rhetoricaltheorizing, and the approaches to rhetorical theory of such figures asKenneth Burke, I.A. Richards, Richard M. Weaver, Chaim Perelman,Stephen Toulmin, Ernesto Grassi, Michel Foucault, and JurgenHabermas.
Significant publicspeeches and rhetorical discourse throughout American history onmajor intellectual, social, and political issues. May be repeated toa maximum of 9 semester hours provided no major duplication ofsubject matter occurs.
Examination ofthe nature and function of rhetorical criticism in regard to diversetexts and contexts.
Study of moderntheories of argument and a critical examination of the function ofdebate in the determination of public policy.
Conceptual perspectives forevaluation of ethics in interpersonal, small group, organizational,and mass media communication settings. Exploration of potentialstandards, controversial issues, and case studies. Instructionalapproaches to communication ethics in academic and nonacademiccontexts.
Examination ofthe definitional, theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to therhetoric of the American presidency. Focus on the rhetorical practicesof recent presidents from FDR to Reagan.
Examination of definitional, theoretical, and methodological issuesunique to rhetorical criticism of social movements as articulated incontemporary scholarly debates such as the nature of a rhetoricalmovement, the role of communication in development of rhetoricalmovements, method(s) appropriate to study of modes of symbolicactivity in rhetorical movements, and the ethical status of the criticof rhetorical movements. Issues explored through consideration ofparticular case studies.
Examination of the relationship between communication and gender,current research regarding gender differences in communication,theoretical and critical perspectives that emphasize gender, andcontemporary communication problems and issues for which genderplays a pivotal role (e.g., pornography and sexual harassment).
Intensive studies of selected topicssuch as postmodern issues, communication and culture, power andidentity, alternative critical perspectives, and free speech/free press.May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided thereis no duplication of subject matter.