ENG 396A: American Political Rhetoric

banner imageEnglish 396A American Political Rhetoric
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Professor Thomas Miller tpm@u.arizona.edu
http://tmiller.faculty.arizona.edu
621-3255

Modern Languages 460,
Tues. 11-12:30 and Wed. 1:30-3:00
 

Course Description | Major Assignments | Course Texts | Course Requirements

Course Description

politicos collageThis Junior Seminar will move back and forth between the political debates of previous centuries and those of the current presidential campaign.  The bridge between our political traditions and contemporary debates will be built with theories drawn from classical rhetoric and social movement studies.  Along with websites, speeches, and articles on the presidential campaign, we will read short pieces from the American Revolution, the early republican period, and the abolitionist and suffragist movements.  Seminar participants will be expected to monitor the campaign on a daily basis and commit ten hours to working with a particular campaign or political action group of their choice.  Participants will write two short essays and a seminar paper along with shorter writing assignments.  A midterm exam on the historical readings is also included.

Major Assignments

1)  A Rhetorical Analysis of a Campaign Speech (3 pages, draft due 1/27, revision due in class 1/31) ...................... 10%
2)  Three Responses to Daily Readings (1 page each, with one due any class before 2/14, 3/6, and 4/1) .................. 10%
3)  Proposal with Annotated Bibliography for Seminar Paper (2 pp., due to listserv on 3/26 and in class on 3/27) ...... 5%
4)  Seminar Paper (15 pages, draft to Caucus 4/3, responses 4/5, revised draft 4/8, and final draft 4/10) ................. 25%
5)  Group Presentation on Political Campaign (with 2-4 page handout for group, 5/1 and 5/6 )…............................ 10%
6)  Final Reflective Essay (3 pages, draft due 4/22 and revision due in class on 4/24) ............................................ 15%
7)  Portfolio with revision of previous essay (5/1) .............................................................................................. 10%
8)  Responses to Drafts (posted on Caucus website) ............................................................................................ 5%
9)  Contributions to Class Discussions..............................................................................................................10%

Course Texts

Join, or Die revolutionary illustration
Benjamin Franklin, PA Gazette, 1754
Reportedly first American political cartoon

Great Issues in American History. Vol. 2. From the Revolution to the Civil War, 1765-1865. Ed. Richard Hofstadter. New York: Knopf, 1958.

Zukin, Cliff, et al. A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Additional readings will be drawn from on-line sources. Students will sometimes be required to print these readings and bring them to class. I have chosen very inexpensive printed books for the course to compensate for the cost of printing these additional texts, which should be kept together in a pocket folder and brought to subsequent classes.

Course Requirements

  • You are required to attend class.  This is a workshop class that includes hands-on work with readings and writing, peer group work, and conferences.  Students who miss more than three classes may be dropped with an E.  Absences will also affect the grade you receive for your in-class work and assignments
  • If you submit a major essay after the class when it is due, you will be penalized one letter grade for each day it is late.
  • In-class and out-of-class writing will be assigned throughout the course.  Students not in class when writing is assigned must still complete the assignment when due; however, assignments are due at the beginning of class and will be marked as late if you are late for class or miss the class.
  • You should retain copies of all the essays that you submit.  All writing done for the course should be kept for the portfolio in the final unit.
  • Drafts and assignments must be turned in with all essays.  Drafts should show significant changes in purpose, audience, organization, or evidence.
  • Final copies should be typed or printed and double-spaced on numbered pages (unless otherwise indicated).
  • As with all students, you must uphold the Code of Academic Integrity (see http://dos.web.arizona.edu/uapolicies/cai1.html).  Prohibited behaviors include using sources without citing them appropriately, submitting assignments written by others, and handing in “work that has previously been submitted without fair citation of the original work or authorization by the faculty member supervising the work.”  If you have questions about using sources or other issues related to the Code, ask before you submit an assignment.
  • You must also observe the provisions on classroom behavior in the Student Code of Conduct (see http://web.arizona.edu/~dos/uapolicies/scc5308f.html).  The Code is based on the assumption that "the educational process is ideally conducted in an environment that encourages reasoned discourse, intellectual honesty, openness to constructive change and respect for the rights of individuals."
  • All students, faculty and university personnel are also required to observe professional standards in sending email, as detailed in the Uof A Email Policy (http://w3.arizona.edu/~records/efinal.htm). Misuse includes but is not limited to harassment, defamation, and obscenity.  Anyone may stop another user from sending him or her e-mail by making such a request to the other user.  Failure to honor such a request is a violation of the Policy.
  • Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with the Disability Resource Center.  If you qualify for services through DRC, give your letter of accommodations to me as soon as possible (see http://fp.arizona.edu/affirm/uada.htm).