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CAS 420 - Rhetorical Theory

This is a course in rhetorical theory. We study rhetorical theory because it is heuristic—theory helps us to ask better questions about the world and the types of rhetoric we encounter in our everyday lives. Theory challenges our perspective on things—it troubles the ways that we see our world and helps us to better understand other ways of seeing. Theory is thus the foundation of practice. This semester, we will spend much of our time thinking about how the study and practice of rhetoric helps us to care for ourselves, as individuals, as citizens, as participants in relationships, and as members of communities. Rhetoric, we will see, is foundational to the good life. 

Course Objectives

  • understand rhetorical theory as it relates to daily life
  • become more sophisticated consumers and producers of rhetoric