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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 21W.747-1 (Spring 2006) 
  • Course Title:
  • Rhetoric 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Writing and Humanistic Studies 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Dr. Steven Strang 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 21W.747-1 Rhetoric

    Spring 2006

    Course Highlights

    This course features detailed descriptions of its assignments and an extensive list of readings. Links to other rhetoric Web sites are also available in the related resources section.

    Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the history, the theory, the practice, and the implications (both social and ethical) of rhetoric, the art and craft of persuasion. By the end of the semester, you will have been exposed to several of the key concepts of rhetoric (e.g., ethos, pathos, logos, invention, style, arrangement, kairos, stasis, commonplaces) and to the over-riding importance of writing to your audience. You will have gotten a taste of rhetorical history and theory. You will explore and analyze and respond to some key texts by significant writers. You will have had a chance to practice speaking and debating before the class. You will have written and revised several texts. You will have examined some of your core beliefs and assumptions. In this course you will act as both a rhetor (a person who uses rhetoric) and a rhetorician (one who studies the art of rhetoric). Because the study of rhetoric has always had as one of its goals the creation of active and informed citizens and because rhetors write to influence the real world and thus to become agents of positive change, the topics you choose and the essays you write will have the important purpose of persuading your readers (the class and me).

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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