Rhetoric 1302 – Section 0S2 Summer 2007 INSTRUCTOR: Faz Hadjebian University of Texas at Dallas School of Arts & Humanities

DAYS/TIME MW: 9:00 – 12:00 LOCATION JO 4.124 Office: JO 4.118 Office Hours: Mon. 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.; and by appointment. Phone: 972-883-2018 Email: faz.hadjebian@student.utdallas.edu UTD Rhetoric Website: http://lingua.utdallas.edu/rhetoric Contains links to course syllabus, reference and research resources. Course Description This course focuses on critical thinking by using an integrated approach to writing that teaches various rhetorical strategies for reading and constructing arguments, both written and visual. You will learn to read texts critically according to key components in argumentative discourse (i.e., claims, grounds, explicit and implicit assumptions, fallacies, etc.) and to papers based on issues and controversies raised in the various texts read during the semester. The assignments will give you extensive practice in reading critically and writing according to the rhetorical conventions of an argumentative essay. Student Learning Objectives 1. Students will be able to write in different ways for different audiences. 2. Students will be able to write effectively using appropriate organization, mechanics, and style. 3. Students will be able to construct effective written arguments. 4. Students will be able to gather, incorporate, and interpret source material in their writing. WebCT Student work will be uploaded and compiled in an electronic portfolio on WebCT. Use of online technology will enhance the level of feedback you receive, as well as give you experience in the kinds of collaborative work that many organizations use routinely.

Online interaction and argumentative writing will comprise a large part of the evaluation in the course. Other assignments will include interviews, observations, and notes. You will belong to a “work group” for various collaborative activities—that is, discussion of readings and writing assignments. Because learning to read critically and write responsively entails mastery of a process, your work will undergo extensive revisions in response to peer readings and collaboration as well as conferencing with your instructor.

Required Texts & Supplies Everything’s an Argument by Andrea Lunsford, John Ruszkiewicz, and Keith Walters, 3rd ed. Quick Access Reference for Writers by Lynn Troyka, 4th ed. Also, bring a CD/RW or other data storage device. The Rhetoric classroom uses Macintosh computers that read many formats. Most documents will be produced in Microsoft Word. Whether you use MS Word outside of the classroom or not, it is best to save your files as rich text format (RTF) to insure compatibility between the word processing program you use and the one in your classroom. Drop Policy Note: An grade of “incomplete” (the grade “X”) is not permitted for this class. Go to the following for details on deadlines and procedures for dropping: http://www.utdallas.edu/student/registrar/lookup/dropadd.html Office Hours Please note my regular office hours above. You also can arrange to see me at other times that are mutually convenient. Office hours belong to you just as much as our class time. Don’t hesitate to take advantage of my availability and the help I am ready to offer. If you need to contact me outside of class time or office hours, it is best to communicate with me by email rather than the office phone. Email Policy IMPORTANT NOTICE TO UTD STUDENTS: As of August 1, 2004, all email correspondence with students will be sent ONLY to the student's U.T. Dallas email address. U. T. Dallas provides each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individuals corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to forward email from other accounts to their U.T. Dallas

address and have their U.T. Dallas mail sent on to other accounts. Students may go to the following URL to establish or maintain their official U.T. Dallas computer account: http://netid.utdallas.edu/ Grading Policy Assignment Percentages for Spring 2007 Essay 1, Definition or Evaluation argument Essay 2, Visual Rhetoric Project/Essay Essay 3, Causal or Proposal argument Portfolio (Rough Drafts and Final Drafts) Homework/Short Assignments/Observations/Presentations Attendance, punctuality, and Participation Total 20% 20% 25% 15% 10% 10% 100%

The following grade criteria describe very general indicators for assessing your work and progress in the course. A: Represents outstanding participation in all course activities (including attendance and promptness); all assigned work completed on time, with very high quality in all work produced for the course. Evidence of significant and sustained development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands. B: Represents excellent participation in all course activities (including attendance and promptness); all assigned work completed on time, with consistently high quality in course work. Evidence of marked and above average development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands. C: Represents good (but average) participation in all course activities; all assigned work completed, with generally good quality overall in course work. Evidence of some development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands. D: Represents uneven participation in course activities; some gaps in assigned work completed, with inconsistent quality in course work. Evidence of development across the five dimensions of learning and five course strands is partial or unclear. F: Represents minimal participation in course activities; serious gaps in assigned work completed, or very low quality in course work. Evidence of development is not available.

The following is subject to change at the discretion of the instructor. Course and Instructor Policies Attendance Policy Both regular and active attendance and participation are required for the successful completion of this course. If you miss any class for any reason, you remain responsible for class expectations, requirements, and/or changes. Alternative assignments are generally not given, nor will missed classes be "re-taught" for absent students. After three absences your final course grade will be negatively affected and/or you may be encouraged to drop the course. Chronic tardiness is unacceptable and will also negatively affect your final grade. Participation IN THIS COURSE does not include doing work that is not for this course during class, sleeping in class, or using the computers or other personal electronic devices for personal messaging, research, or entertainment. Please turn off cellular/mobile phones, pagers, and other personal electronic devices during class. Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the representation of another person’s work as your own, whether you mean to or not. For example, copying or paraphrasing passages from another writer’s work without acknowledging that you’ve done so is plagiarism. Allowing another writer to write any part of your essay is plagiarism. Copying or purchasing a paper from any source is plagiarism. Plagiarism is a serious offense. The possible consequences range from failing the assignment to failing the course, or worse. Each incident of plagiarism at UTD must be reported to the administration. If you are not sure how to properly cite a quoted or paraphrased source, or if you need help with the format of a citation, check with the New Century Handbook and/or with your teacher. Although you can (and, in fact, should) seek help and advice from friends, classmates, tutors, and others, be sure that your written work is your own. See the Undergraduate Catalog for information about the consequences of Scholastic Dishonesty, or view the policy here (which is also a link on the Rhetoric Program website): http://www.utdallas.edu/student/slife/dishonesty.html.

Major Assignments First Essay: An essay that presents a definition or evaluation argument using the principles and criteria in Everything’s an Argument (Chapter 9 or 10). First draft due: June 25 Final draft due: June 27 Second Essay: An integrated textual and visual essay that examines and analyzes the argument of a visual image (or images) using the criteria in Chapter 14 of Everything’s an Argument. This essay may be created and archived in WWW, any electronic presentation medium or it may be a traditional Word document that simply displays the image(s) in the body of your essay. Your image may come from the visuals in Everything’s an Argument, other publications, Internet, or other media. First draft due: July 11 Final draft due: July 16 Third Essay: An essay that presents a causal or proposal argument using the principles and criteria in Everything’s an Argument (Chapter11 or 12). First draft due: July 23 Final draft due: July 25 WebCT: This is an online resource for managing and documenting the work and learning you do in this class. Various assignments will be due throughout the semester, and all observations, drafts, and essays must be uploaded on the date due. Syllabus Itinerary and content (subject to change at instructor’s discretion) Assignments are due by the next class period unless noted otherwise. Assignments from Everything’s an Argument textbook are denoted EA; assignments from Quick Access Handbook are denoted QA. Wed 6/06: In-class: Intro to course and Rhetoric program website. Introduction to WebCT. Assignments: Read EA Ch 1 and QA Chapters 1-3; using your student account, send me your full name in an email using you’re the UTD email facility by 4 p.m. Thu., 6/07. Mon 6/11: In-class: Discussion of assigned readings. Assignments: Read EA Ch 4 and 5. bring a magazine to class on 6/13 (see Response #2 On page 76). Post an observation to WebCT.

Wed 6/13: In-class: Discussion of assigned readings. Small group rhetorical analysis of emotional appeal. Assignments: Read EA Ch. 6 and 7; Read We Should Relinquish Some Liberty in Exchange for Security, EA page 540; Read Privacy, Civil rights infringements

Multiply after Sept. 11, EA page 543. Post an observation to WebCT. Mon 6/18: In-class: Read EA Ch. 8; Class Toulmin analysis of the character/facts & reasons argument essay, Privacy, Civil rights infringements Multiply after Sept. 11, EA page 543. Assignments: Read Arguments of definition, EA Ch 9; Read Ch. 10. Read A Little Matter of Faith, EA page 784; Read A Hindu Renaissance, EA page 789. Post an observation to WebCT. . Wed 6/20: In-class: Discussion of assigned readings, Definition and Evaluation Arguments. Format, mechanics, grammar, evidence, fallacies, and plagiarism discussion (bring QA Handbook). Essay #1 assigned (Definition/Evaluation Argument). Assignments: Read QA Handbook on MLA format and how to cite and create a works cited page (Pages 180+). Read EA Chs 18-20. Note: these chapters will be used as reference chapters; students are held responsible for understanding and putting into practice the principles therein. Post an observation to WebCT. Work on first draft of Essay #1, due on Mon 6/26. Mon 6/25: In-class: First draft of essay #1 due. Peer reviews: students exchange their paper with another student and respond to peer review questionnaire to be provided. Teacher conference. Assignments: Adjust draft of essay #1 per instructor and peer suggestions. Final draft of Essay #1 due Wed 6/27. Wed 6/27: In-class: Final draft of Essay #1 due. Meet at McDermott library: training on use of library resources. Assignments: Read Ch. 15. Research via online sources--the library resources or Internet, etc, please include source address according to MLA standards—and write a one page response defining two of the following terms, and a description of a well known example of each: philosophy, poetry, beauty, sublime, tragedy, Shoah. Mon 7/2: In Class: Discussion of previous session’s assignments. Research a suitable topic for a Visual Rhetoric assignment. Write and submit an assignment proposal (details will be provided by instructor). Assignments: Research and outline assignment #2. Bring to class images you will be including in your VR project.

Wed 7/4: **** Do not come to class, there’ll be no one there!—

Assignments: Read Ch. 17, pages 357-362. Read EA Ch 19. Work on first draft of Project # 2, due on Mon 7/9.

Mon 7/9: In-class: Discussion of assignments. First draft of Project #2 due today. Peer reviews in class. Assignments: Work on revision of your visual argument project. Final draft of Essay #2 Due Wed 7/11. Wed 7/11: In-class: Final draft of Essay # 2 due today. In-class student overview of VR project. Assignments: Read Ch. 11, 12 and Fu Manchu on Naboo, EA page 496; Able to Laugh at Their People, Not Just Cry for Them, EA page 500. Post an observation to WebCT. Mon 7/16: In-class: Discussion of EA Ch 11, 12 and assigned readings; Discuss Project #3 (Causal or Proposal Essay due Wed. 7/25) Assignments: Post an observation to WebCT. Write a proposal for paper #3, due 7/18. read QA Sections 22, 25, and 26. Wed 7/18: In-class: Final paper proposal due. Discussion of reading assignments and small group discussion of paper proposals/topics. Assignments: Refine paper topic and begin working on first draft. First draft due 7/23. Mon 7/23: In-class: First draft of paper #3 due. In-class peer review. Assignments: Revise and elevate style. Final paper due 7/25. Wed. 7/25: In-class: Final day of class. Final paper due. Perfectus …

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Student Declaration: Rhetoric 1302-0S2 Summer 2007 I was given a copy of the syllabus associated with this course, Rhetoric 1302. Course details were, as well as expectations and requirements, explained to me and I was given the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification. I accept the course structure and policies as explained but understand that the dynamic nature of teaching and learning may require changes as the course progresses. Furthermore, I accept my responsibilities associated with this course and agree to the process(es) for assessing and determining my final grade. Date: Print name: