Study of the fundamental principles and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis on how to research, organize, and deliver a speech. The ethical, political, and social character of public speaking is also examined. Students perform a variety of speeches and oral exercises and serve as speech critics and interlocutors.
Rhetoric in the Modern World
The history of rhetorical theory and practice from the Renaissance to the present. Focus on the European tradition with special attention given to rhetoric146s relation to liberal education, politics, law, ethics, religion, myth, and ritual. Readings are from primary texts in the rhetorical tradition and may include selections from Petrarch, Salutati, Valla, Bracciolini, Cavalcanti, Ramus, Erasmus, Bacon, Hobbes, Lamy, Fenelon, Mackenzie, Locke, Vico, Monboddo, Blair, Campbell, Whately, Theremin, Nietzsche, Richards, Weaver, Burke, Perelman, Toulmin, Foucault, Habermas, and others
Critical methods used to analyze the mass media and popular cultural texts. The theoretical basis of such critical methods as semiotics, psychoanalysis, narrative and ideological theory, and cultural studies, and how to use these methods to analyze media texts such as television shows, movies, and magazine advertisements.
Historical and theoretical study of the modern public sphere and public life in Europe and the United States. Focus on how transformations of political ideals, social, and economic institutions, and the media have changed the character of political discourse. Examination of how the changing relationships among state governments, political parties, special interest groups, and social movements affect political discourse.
Studies in Mass Media
Concentrated study in one area or theorist of mass communication. Course topics will change with each offering. Potential topics include the global media integration, the internet as a public sphere, public journalism, the theories of Marshall McLuhan, Hollywood film genres, or Italian film.
An examination of the apex of Italian cinema from the emergence of neorealism, through the works of the great Italian auteur directors including Fellini, Antonioni and Pasolini to the present. Students will learn how Italian film represented Italian history, politics, and culture. Of particular importance for the class will be to show how the tradition of Italian neorealism carried on from the 1940s until the 1960s and shows signs of a resurgence in contemporary Italian film.