Modern Rhetoric (ENGL2652)


This unit will introduce students to both the theory of rhetoric: the study of human communication, and the practice of rhetoric: the use of language, signs and silence to convey a particular message. It will trace the development of modern theories from classical and later ideas about rhetoric, and teach students to analyse and improve their own written and spoken communication. Students will learn to pay close attention to language, context, and audience. They will develop skills in analysis, interpretation and composition that apply to academic and professional communication as well as literary study.

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2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week


1x2500wd essay (40%), 1x take home exercise (40%), 1x tutorial task and participation (20%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

((12 junior credit points of English) or (6 junior credit points from English and AMST1001)) or (12 senior credit points from Digital Cultures)



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