Spring 2020 New / Special Writing & Speech Courses

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Speech 30: Speechwriting
Josh Compton
Dist: Art; Timeslot: 10A

This course explores speechwriting as a process. Students will work independently and in peer groups to write speeches for themselves and for others. Students will also deliver speeches. Throughout the course, students will compare speechwriting with other types of writing, celebrating the unique challenges of writing for the ear.


Speech 31: Rhetoric of Social Justice: Public Advocacy and Social Justice Movements
Adedoyin Ogunfeyimi
Dist: Art; WCult: CI; Timeslot: 2A

Contemporary social movements around the world resemble those of the past in that social protests have, and continue to be, definitively rhetorical. In this class, students will focus on strategic communication and rights-based campaigns seeking socio-political legitimacy and equality. Students will track rhetorical appeals in social movement manifestos, analyze the roles of digital space, evaluate public advocates, and draft intervention proposals on urgent public matters.


Writing 44.02: Science and Technology Writing and Presentation
Deanne Harper
Dist: Art; Timeslot: 10A

n science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, your ability to present data and information in different genres and media will be important to your professional success. This course focuses on individual work within and across disciplines including creative research, literature reviews, papers, grant proposals, poster design, and media driven presentations.


Writing 44.03: Science Communication and the Public
Kathleen Rose
Dist: Soc; Timeslot: 2A

This course builds an understanding of how our society thinks and talks about controversial scientific topics, including how current media structures impact these conversations, to inform sound science communication practices. We will delve into current research on science communication, critically evaluate science communication approaches and practices, and learn basic, theory-driven practices for communicating science to various audiences.