WRA 260

WRA 260

rhetoric, persuasion, culture

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Course Information

Professor Kristin Arola
Office Bessey Hall 288
Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays 2-3pm, Thursdays 2-4pm or by appointment

+ Course Description

Rhetoric is everywhere; it shapes how and why we communicate (or express ourselves), from a simple “hello” to a sonnet, from an Instagram post to the most complex data set. One purpose of this course is to provide you with a basic knowledge of rhetorical theory. Another, more important purpose is to help you develop critical rhetorical flexibility, which means that you cannot only shift your discourse according to different situations, but that you will know and be able to describe why you shift. That is, like any “skill” or “strategy,” rhetorical flexibility works best when you know the implications of what you’re doing.

+ Student Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to

+ Required Materials

+ Course Policies

|||Accommodation Policy

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities, with documentation from the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, may be requested by contacting me at the start of the term and/or two weeks prior to the accommodation date (presentaiton, project, etc). Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

|||Academic Honesty

The Spartan Code of Honor states, "As a Spartan, I will strive to uphold values of the highest ethical standard. I will practice honesty in my work, foster honesty in my peers, and take pride in knowing that honor is worth more than grades. I will carry these values beyond my time as a student at Michigan State University, continuing the endeavor to build personal integrity in all that I do." In addition, Article 2.III.B.2 of the Student Rights and Responsibilites (SRR) states that "The student shares with the faculty the responsibility for maintaining the integrity of scholarship, grades, and professional standards." The (insert name of unit offering course) adheres to the policies on academic honesty as specified in General Student Regulations 1.0, Protection of Scholarship and Grades; the all-University Policy on Integrity of Scholarship and Grades; and Ordinance 17.00, Examinations. (See Spartan Life: Student Handbook and Resource Guide and/or the MSU Web site:

Therefore, unless authorized by your instructor, you are expected to complete all course assignments, including homework, lab work, quizzes, tests and exams, without assistance from any source. You are expected to develop original work for this course; therefore, you may not submit course work you completed for another course to satisfy the requirements for this course. Also, you are not authorized to use the Web site to complete any course work in this course. Students who violate MSU academic integrity rules may receive a penalty grade, including a failing grade on the assignment or in the course. Contact your instructor if you are unsure about the appropriateness of your course work. (See also the Academic Integrity webpage.)

|||Limits to Confidentiality

Essays, journals, and other materials submitted for this class are generally considered confidential pursuant to the University's student record policies. However, students should be aware that University employees, including instructors, may not be able to maintain confidentiality when it conflicts with their responsibility to report certain issues to protect the health and safety of MSU community members and others. As the instructor, I must report the following information to other University offices (including the MSU Police Department) if you share it with me:

These reports may trigger contact from a campus official who will want to talk with you about the incident that you have shared. In almost all cases, it will be your decision whether you wish to speak with that individual. If you would like to talk about these events in a more confidential setting you are encouraged to make an appointment with the MSU Counseling Center

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