WRIT526 Persuading the Public: Rhetoric in Public Affairs

Updated: 12 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ENCO326 or ENCO426 or ENCO526 or WRIT326

offered in even-numbered years

Combined Units WRIT326 - Persuading the Public: Rhetoric in Public Affairs
Coordinator(s) Rosemary Williamson (rwilli27@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Rhetoric, the use of language to persuade, is central to many and varied forms of human communication. Understanding rhetoric - the strategies and techniques involved, and their ethical dimensions - is important because rhetoric influences the ways in which people think and act, and perceive themselves and others. This unit draws on a range of theories, from ancient to contemporary times, to examine communication from a rhetorical perspective, with a particular focus on speeches and the professional writer. Students are able to analyse rhetorical texts from such sources as politicians, social reformers, corporate or religious leaders, and others. Students also have an option to gain some experience in speechwriting.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. independently identify, analyse and synthesise complex debates within the field of rhetoric and rhetorical criticism;
  2. apply an advanced knowledge of the ways by which rhetorical texts engage with their generic conventions and their cultural, geographic and historical contexts;
  3. coherently communicate an independent critical analysis and evaluation of a range of rhetorical texts and their ethical implications;
  4. apply an advanced knowledge of rhetorical texts and relevant theories in the field of rhetorical criticism; and
  5. demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the field of rhetoric and rhetorical criticism and its wider application.