Spring 2011 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Steger, Sara
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6384 Section 501
M Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Digital and Visual Rhetorics

Description of Course:

Challenging the well-worn dictum of McLuhan, Nicholas Negroponte posited that digitality is a game-changer: “The medium is not the message in a digital world. It is an embodiment of it” (Being Digital 71). In this course, we will examine 21st-century literacies and how/whether they embody messages in new ways. We will explore how digital and multimodal composing practices function on both personal and cultural levels. Because we will be focusing on both the theory and practice of rhetoric in digital environments, this will be both a reading- and writing-intensive course.

Required Texts:

No hard copies of textbooks will be required. We will be working with various electronic texts.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

No preexisting technical expertise will be necessary, but students will be expected to become conversant in the key terms of web technology, particularly the underlying fundamentals of HTML code, and to use a wide variety of platforms to produce webtexts.

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