Aristotle defines rhetoric as the faculty of observing in any given case the available means of persuasion. This course will teach you to identify the rhetorical strategies available in select discursive genres. In this course, you will utilize analytic and inductive reasoning, engage university resources, document evidence to support your reasoning, and hone your research methods.
A large part of this class will encourage you to actively participate in a research community. As such, as the class progresses, your research questions and your research interests will take part in shaping the class. The first unit will explore the rhetoric and arguments of a contemporary issue as students master the MLA citation system. The second module will be organized around independent research projects to demonstrate the skills learned in the first module. The final module will be oriented toward creative expression, the explication of that expression, and creative speculation, as we read a novel.
The majority of the grade for this class will be based on three major writing assignments. These will consist of: a rhetorical analysis of a contemporary issue, a research paper on a topic you will develop with the class, and a creative final project. Through these three assignments, you will complete the hallmarks of the written communication foundation. You will become familiar with composition methods, strategies for finding academic sources, and with the resources of the UH Manoa Library.