21W.011 Writing and Rhetoric: Rhetoric and Contemporary Issues


Class Info

Provides the opportunity for students - as readers, viewers, writers, and speakers - to engage with social and ethical issues they care deeply about. Explores perspectives on a range of social issues, such as the responsibilities of citizens, freedom of expression, poverty and homelessness, mental illness, the challenges of an aging society, the politics of food, and racial and gender inequality. Discusses rhetorical strategies that aim to increase awareness of social problems; to educate the public about different perspectives on contemporary issues; and to persuade readers of the value of particular positions on, or solutions to, social problems. Students analyze selected texts and photographs, as well as documentary and feature films, that represent or dramatize social problems or issues. Students also write essays about social and ethical issues of their own choice. Limited to 18.

This class has no prerequisites.

21W.011 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by A. Walsh.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 8-119.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS H. This class counts as a CI-HW.

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