Iowa State University
Speech Communication 412

Rhetorical Criticism

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Prof. Jean Goodwin
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Course Goals

In this course, you will learn:

  1. Analysis How to observe significant details in rhetorical artifacts.
  2. Synthesis How to put the details you notice together into a cogent understanding of how the artifact works to persuade.
  3. Judgment How to use your overall understanding to form a sound assessment of the artifact.
  4. Expression How to convey your analysis, synthesis, and judgment powerfully to others, both orally and in writing.

Course Materials

Syllabus (doc format)
Schedule (doc format)
Take-home midterm

First Oral Exam speech: Wednesday group.

Second Oral Exam speech: Friday group.

Third Oral Exam speech: Friday/15th week group.

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Last updated 12 Jan 2004.
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