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CAS 373 - Rhetorics of War and Peace

Professor: Stephen H. Browne
Office: 212 Sparks
Phone: (814) 865-1028
Email: sxb17@psu.edu 

Humans have talked themselves into and out of war since time out of mind. What kinds of arguments, appeals, and imagery get used to mobilize us for armed conflict? How do we convince each other to “give peace a chance”? This course surveys the rhetorical strategies that lead us to pick up arms, and to lay them down again.

Course Objectives

This course engages students in the history, theory and analysis of war and anti-war rhetoric; develops research and writing skills; deepens understanding of important social events and current controversies.