Social responsibilities of the public and private oral communicator, as sender and receiver; the issues of freedom of speech and exploration of problems of ethics in speech communication.
Communication theory and practices within the context of American politics. Modern campaigns, political communication consultants, issue definition and dissemination, 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 in rhetorical theory construction, trends in 20th-century rhetorical theorizing, and the approaches to rhetorical theory of such figures as Kenneth Burke, I.A. Richards, Richard M. Weaver, Chaim Perelman, Stephen Toulmin, Ernesto Grassi, Michel Foucault, and Jurgen Habermas.
Significant public speeches and rhetorical discourse throughout American history on major intellectual, social, and political issues. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided no major duplication of subject matter occurs.
Examination of the nature and function of rhetorical criticism in regard to diverse texts and contexts.
Study of modern theories of argument and a critical examination of the function of debate in the determination of public policy.
Conceptual perspectives for evaluation of ethics in interpersonal, small group, organizational, and mass media communication settings. Exploration of potential standards, controversial issues, and case studies. Instructional approaches to communication ethics in academic and non academic contexts.
Examination of the definitional, theoretical, and methodological issues relevant to the rhetoric of the American presidency. Focus on the rhetorical practices of recent presidents from FDR to Reagan.
Examination of definitional, theoretical, and methodological issues unique to rhetorical criticism of social movements as articulated in contemporary scholarly debates such as the nature of a rhetorical movement, the role of communication in development of rhetorical movements, method(s) appropriate to study of modes of symbolic activity in rhetorical movements, and the ethical status of the critic of rhetorical movements. Issues explored through consideration of particular case studies.
Examination of the relationship between communication and gender, current research regarding gender differences in communication, theoretical and critical perspectives that emphasize gender, and contemporary communication problems and issues for which gender plays a pivotal role (e.g., pornography and sexual harassment).
Intensive studies of selected topics such as postmodern issues, communication and culture, power and identity, alternative critical perspectives, and free speech/free press. May be repeated to a maximum of 9 semester hours provided there is no duplication of subject matter.