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English 3120-6120

English 3120-6120

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Syllabus and policy statement for Introduction to Rhetorical Theory at UNG
Syllabus and policy statement for Introduction to Rhetorical Theory at UNG

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English 3120/6120: Intro to Rhetorical Theory
: Dr. Michael Rifenburg
: Michael.Rifenburg@ung.edu
: 206C Dunlap Hall
Office Hours:
M, W, F 8:00a.m.-10:00a.m. and by appointment
Required Materials
Bizzell and Herzberg, eds.
The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical  Rhetoric to the Present 
. 2
ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2001.
 Additional readings provided by the instructor
3 ring binder
General Information:
Designed primarily to help students develop a historical perspective of the relationship between rhetoric, language, literacy, and knowledge,
 Rhetorical Theory
(ENGL3120)explores the key figures and texts, theories and practices, and intellectual andeducational problems that have shaped rhetorical theory and practice from the classicalera to the present, with a special interest in understanding the continuities anddiscontinuities between classic and contemporary traditions. Focusing on rhetoricaltheory during the classical and medieval periods, the initial half of the course examinesthe work of Plato, Isocrates, Gorgias, Aristotle, Quintilian, Augustine, and Ramus. Thelatter half of the semester emphasizes the rhetorical approaches outlined throughout theeighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth century, especially those forwarded by Blair,Stewart, Hill, Bakhtin, Burke, Foucault, and Anzaldua, and then focuses on more recentextensions of rhetorical theory to extracurricular spaces.Frequent informal writing tasks throughout the semester will help participants come toterms with the key issues, themes, questions, and debates raised in the course readings.The final paper provides participants with the opportunity to employ their developingknowledge of rhetorical theory to analyze issues of language, literacy, and knowledge ina particular community.
This course has four key learning objectives:
To develop a firm understanding of the major theorists and texts that haveshaped and continue to shape our understanding of rhetorical practice and itsrelevance to knowledge, language, and literacy.
Rifenburg Fall 2013
To familiarize students with the historical development of rhetorical study fromthe classical age to the present
To develop an understanding of the relationship between classical andcontemporary notions of rhetoric.
To develop the ability to research and analyze the rhetorical practices of aparticular community.
 Assignments and Grading
Final grades will be calculated according to the percentages below. Notice that equal weight is not given to each paper.Literacy Task #1: 35% of final gradeLiteracy Task #2: 35% of final gradeHomework: 15% of final gradePresentation: 15% of final gradeIn order for you to read my comments, grades will not be discussed until 24 hours afterthe grade is given.
Definition of Letter Grades for Final Semester Grade:
 A 89.5- 100B 79.5- 89.4C 69.5- 79.4D 59.5- 69.4F 0- 59.4Keep in mind some majors require a C or higher in order to have fulfilled the courserequirement.
Submission of Work 
Unless specified, I ask that all literacy tasks be typed and submitted to the D2L dropbox.The campus maintains many computer labs if access to a computer is an issue. Pleasefollow the MLA format guidelines below:
Times New Roman or Arial 12 point font (not bolded or italicized)
No extra spaces between paragraphs (if you run Word ’07, this can be
1” standard margins
all around
 Your last name and page number on each page after the first
upper righthand corner
No title pages
Titles should be centered. No need to bold, underline, or italicize them
On the first page in the upper left have:
Rifenburg Fall 2013
 Your name
My name
I will not accept literacy tasks via email or on disk, unless permissionhas been given.
Unless specified, I ask that you submit your two literacy tasks to the appropriate D2Ldropbox. I will grade your papers using the track changes function on Microsoft Wordand then re-upload your file with the grade. When submitting your paper, be sure to save your paper as one of the following: .DOC,.DOCX, or .RTF.
For most of the reading assigned for our class, I will ask students to perform a readingresponse. The reading responses will be turned in as a hard copy at the beginning of class on the day that the reading is due, will be graded, and then returned. Readingresponses will receive a grade of 0 (not acceptable), 1 (somewhat acceptable), or 2(acceptable). Unless specifically assigned, these responses are not a summary, but aninformed response. We will be using these responses to help springboard class discussions. Additionally,students may choose to use one of our readings in one of the major papers, so thinkingabout the readings ahead of time may be helpful!Keep in mind that
I will not accept late homework, nor will I accept responsesover e-mail unless prior arrangements have been made.
Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester in a course that meetsthree times a week, or two (2) in a course that meets twice a week. The penalties formissing more than that are:
Penalties for Unexcused Absences2x/week Course
3x/week Course Penalty 
3 4 1 letter grade5 7 2 letter grades7 10 Automatic FStudent-athletes and others engaged in Provost-approved activities must notify the

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