This course uses popular culture as a means of teaching rhetoric and rhetorical strategies. Popular Culture can encompass many different aspects of every day life, and how we look at popular culture (or the lens through which we look at it) can be very revealing. By examining the various means by which popular culture manages to persuade society of what is considered normal or abnormal, writers learn subtle (and not so subtle) ways of writing about and critiquing such normalizations. By incorporating traditional genre writing with the examination of multiple popular culture artifacts, we can synthesize our findings with credible sources and envision possibilities within our own writing. In this class, process and practice are emphasized simultaneously with the culture of college writing and college in general. This class will use the services of the Hamilton Library to teach students how to maneuver the college research system.
The following texts are required for this course and can be purchased at Revolution Books:
CompClass (Learning Management System) with A Writer’s Reference with Writing in the Disciplines, 7th ed
The Transition to College Writing 2nd Ed.