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COMM 352 Rhetoric and Public Culture

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This course traces the development of rhetorical theory from its origins in Classical Greece. By investigating how rhetoric and persuasion were viewed in the context of law, politics, display, language, and knowledge, it provides a wide context to understand the relationship between rhetoric and civilization. This understanding is not valuable for its own sake; however, it is valuable only to the extent that it applies to modern problems. Hence, classical theories will be used to interpret modern artifacts and students will learn to see the continuities between classical rhetoric and contemporary public life.