Spring 2014 - Graduate Course Descriptions

Gooch, John
Discipline and Number
HUSL 6384 Section 001
R Time 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM
Course Title
Digital and Visual Rhetorics

Description of Course:

The course, “Digital Rhetorics,” will focus on the complex dynamics between rhetoric and rapidly advancing communication technologies as well as a rapidly evolving visual culture by looking at the cultural and social impacts of electronic communication, and subsequently, communication mediums. Course themes will include digital rhetoric and democracy, visual rhetoric and argument, the media ecology tradition, new media and visual culture, and theories of cyberculture as these relate to communication and rhetoric. Students will examine critically the various theories and history of new media and media ecology, but also at the historiography of new media and digital rhetoric by considering how different scholars (e.g., McLuhan, Postman) have written about the history of media, communication, technology, and culture.

Required Texts:

Bogost, _Persuasive Games_
Handa, _Visual Rhetoric in a Digital World_
Hill and Helmers, _Defining Visual Rhetorics_
Warnick, _Critical Literacy in a Digital Age_
Warnick, _Rhetoric Online_
Herrick, _History and Theory of Rhetoric_ (recommended)

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

response papers/short critical responses, annotated bibliography, other requirements TBD

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