ENG200 201903 Undergraduate

Term: 
Spring 2020
Course: 
ENG 200
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Public Speaking as a Liberal Art
Instructors: 

James Crosswhite

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3956
  • Office: 258 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 TR 1-2:30 and by appointment; contact via email for Zoom address
Department Section Description: 

In this course, you will explore important concepts in rhetoric and argumentation theory, and you will gain skill in discovering the questions that drive controversies and the arguments that can be made on different sides of an issue. You will also practice speaking and reasoning as a way to develop the strengths and the habits of heart and mind on which the best kind of reasoning and speaking depend. Be prepared to learn by practicing and in part by trial and error. Our focus this term will be on the idea of different kinds of democratic publics and how it is possible to address complicated and diverse audiences appropriately and effectively. To support us in this effort, we will read Amy Chua’s Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations as a way to think about the central challenge. We will also read Danielle Allen’s Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality.

Fulfills: 

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

WSCR Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.

WSCR Certificate

Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning Certificate courses strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically.  This certificate program is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.

Old Major: Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.