Mar 29, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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RHET 187 A-Z - Special Topics in Speech Communication and Rhetorical Studies

Semester Hours: 1-4

Fall, Spring

Intensive study of major communication theories, situations, paradigms, and/or scholars. Subjects to be selected yearly. The following course numbers indicate subjects in selected areas of emphasis: 181A-Z performance; 187A-Z rhetoric; 189A-Z communication theory.

Current Special Topics

RHET 187F: Dangerous Ideas

Each week a faculty member from a different department will explore a concept that has shaped human experience across time and space. The course is available only on a pass/D+/D/fail basis.

Ideas matter. Concepts such as cultural identity, the meaning of food, democracy, faith, race, freedom, gender, have inspired social movements, shaped ways of life and political systems, and dramatically influenced the lives of individuals. Scientific ideas (such as evolution, species extinction, climate science) and skepticism about science also have power to shape our lives. Powerful ideas can be dangerous, generating turmoil and destabilizing the status quo, or supporting the status quo when change is needed, or creating unanticipated consequences.

No prerequisites. There is no required reading for the course, but attendance is required.

A student may register for any of the cross-listed sections (they are all one and the same course): ANTH 188K, DRAM 110C, PHI 051D, PSC 154B, RELI 090F, RHET 187F.

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
One of the following: RHET 001 , 004 , 005 , 007 ; or permission of the instructor. Specific titles and course descriptions for special topics courses are available in the online class schedule.

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