While refining students' analytical and critical skills, this course offers intensive examination of specific issues related to conflict and communication at interpersonal, social, and cultural levels. Possible topics may include environmental communication, alternative dispute resolution, civil rights and communication, and political communication. Repeatable for credit with different topics.
Fall Semester informationDavid Worthington
328A: Tps: Race, Gender, Domination: Rhetorics of Hierarchy and Scapegoating in the United States
This course will focus on US history read across the documents, speeches, and literature that shaped American attitudes towards Race and Gender. Beginning with the introduction of permanent European settlements in North America (particularly John Winthrop's "City Upon A Hill" speech) and moving forward to the contemporary age students will investigate American rhetoric that has shaped attitudes towards race and gender. The class will ask students to understand the way hierarchy and scapegoating are rhetorically constructed. Furthermore, students will engage difficult rhetoric that argued for slavery, against women's rights, and for Jim Crow and internment.