Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Gooch, John
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6386 Section 501
T Time 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Course Title
Rhetoric of Law & Policy

Description of Course:

This course will explore the relevance of the rhetorical tradition as it pertains to both law and policy-making. In other words, we will consider how lawyers, judges, and policy-makers use language to persuade, reach agreement, and decide important contemporary issues. I will divide the course into four major units: an overview of the history and theory of rhetoric in the Western tradition, theoretical contributions in legal rhetoric, case studies in the rhetoric of law, and case studies of rhetoric and public policy.

Required Texts:

Herrick, James A., _The History and Theory of Rhetoric: An Introduction_, 4th edition, Pearson/A&B (ISBN: 0-205-56673-1)

Ono, Kent and John Sloop, _Shifting Borders: Rhetoric, Immigration, and California’s Proposition 187_, Temple University Press (ISBN: 1566399173)

Parry-Giles, Trevor, _The Character of Justice: Rhetoric, Law, and Politics in the U.S. Supreme Court_, Michigan State University Press (ISBN: 0870137693)

Peterson, Tarla Rai, _Sharing the Earth: The Rhetoric of Sustainable Development_, University of South Carolina Press (ISBN: 1570031731)

other selected articles and readings

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

4 short critical responses (no more than 4 pages each), active class participation and attendance

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