The department is pleased to offer the following courses for Spring 2014:
WTNG 299 (Special Topics) WRITING THE ORGANIZATION
In this course, we explore the notion of “talking or acting organizationally” through writing. The semester begins by considering how organizations “speak,” taking up the case studies of Ford Motor Company and Starbucks. Next, students will work toward creating their own rhetorical analysis of a chosen organization while practicing library and archival research skills. Finally, students will engage in a group project that asks them to practice organizational communication within the group setting by constructing memos coordinating each week’s goals for the group, engaging in public address via oral presentation, writing status reports, and ultimately turning in a proposal portfolio that brings the individual research papers of each member into a single multifaceted plan for dealing with the group’s chosen issue.
Professor: Tim Johnson
T/TH 9:30-10:50 and 11:00-12:20
WTNG 311: TECHNICAL WRITING
Students will learn how to apply fundamental concepts of effective technical writing that will prepare them for writing in industry, government, and other professional contexts. Technical documents help move industry, government, and the professions. The technical writer must make judgments about his or her audience, subject, and purposes that go far beyond transferring information. Students will study key principles of rhetorical theory, the idea of genre and its purposes, and the concept of professional audience. Technical documents may include feasibility studies, proposals, and policy statements. Professor: Mel Topf.
WTNG 322: ADVANCING PUBLIC ARGUMENT: CITIZENS READING RHETORICALLY
Beginning with readings that offer definitions of rhetoric’s role in the public sphere itself, students read a wide range of historical and contemporary public discourses that have sought to advance persuasive arguments to the American citizenry. By analyzing a variety of public genres (letters, photographs, speeches, film, statistics, art installations) with attention to the ways authors deploy the rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos, students gain fluency as critically engaged citizens, able to participate in the reading, writing, and resisting of on-going public arguments. Writing projects privilege student interest but emphasize critical analysis of visual, cultural, and quantitative rhetorics.
Professor: Jennifer Campbell