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WRIT2000: Contemporary Rhetoric

2024 unit information

This unit will introduce students to contemporary theories and practices of rhetoric, examining the work of Kenneth Burke and Chaïm Perelman, among others. It will trace the development of contemporary rhetoric from the classical era, comparing these approaches through examples of social, political, and popular rhetoric across a range of genres. Students will develop a better understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and writing and how to apply rhetorical principles to the analysis, interpretation and production of a range of texts.

Unit details and rules

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English and Writing

Code WRIT2000
Academic unit English and Writing
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Writing Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and apply a range of rhetorical theories for constructing meaning in written, spoken, and nonverbal communication
  • LO2. trace the development of contemporary rhetoric by analysis of speeches, literature, and popular media
  • LO3. demonstrate improved critical writing and interpretation abilities through an understanding of how rhetoric is constructed in various textual practices and discourse communities
  • LO4. understand the role of rhetoric in meaning-making .

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 1 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote

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