Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Syllabus for Rhetoric 10, UC Berkeley, Summer 2007

Rhetoric 10
Everyday Arguments, Everyday Violences
Summer 2007

3-5.30pm., Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 106 Moffitt
Instructor, Dale Carrico:
T.A., Ben Lempert:

Attendance/Participation: 15%; Workshops: 15%; Mid-Term: 35%; Final 35%

A Provisional Schedule of Meetings

Week One

May 22

Course Introduction
SKILL SET: An argument is a claim supported by reasons and/or evidence.

May 23

2-3 Minute Introduction Speeches
SKILL SET: Ethos, Pathos, Logos

May 24

Euripides, Hecuba
SKILL SET: Reading Critically/Writing Critically; Four Habits of Argumentative Writing: 1. Formulate a Strong Thesis, 2. Define Your Terms, 3, Substantiate/Contextualize, 4, Anticipate Objections; Audience/Intentions

Week Two

May 29

Immanuel Kant, "Idea for a Universal History with a Cosmopolitan Purpose"
SKILL SET: Intentions -- Interrogation, Conviction, Reconciliation

May 30

Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from the Birmingham Jail"
SKILL SET: Audiences -- Sympathetic, Unsympathetic, Apathetic; Rogerian Rhetoric

May 31

Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
SKILL SET: The Toulmin Schema

Week Three

June 5

Art Spiegelman, Maus
SKILL SET: Literal/Figurative Language; Figures, Tropes, Schemes; Four Master Tropes

June 6

Art Spiegelman, Maus
SKILL SET: Syllogisms, Enthymemes, Formal Fallacies

June 7

Carol Adams, "Beastliness and a Politics of Solidarity"
SKILL SET: Informal Fallacies

Week Four

June 12

Mid-Term Examination

June 13

Screening and Discussion of Film, "A History of Violence"

June 14


Week Five

June 19

Hannah Arendt, from On Violence

June 20

Michel Foucault, from Discipline and Punish
Octavia Butler, Kindred

June 21

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Week Six

June 26

Frantz Fanon, from The Wretched of the Earth

June 27

Mike Davis, from Planet of Slums

June 28

Take Home Final Examination Due
Judith Butler, from Precarious Life