Fall 2015 Rhetoric 102 Course Descriptions

RHETORIC 102 SECTIONS  

All Rhetoric 102 sections are designed primarily to teach students to use language clearly and effectively in order to analyze texts, to argue logically, and to use research methods and materials, and all sections require that students write a minimum of 7500 words in essays, including two research papers. However, professors use a variety of readings and thematic focuses to accomplish these goals. We offer below course descriptions to the various sections of Rhetoric 102 available this semester so as to give students extra information as they choose a section in which to enroll. Students are not in any way obliged to remain with their Rhetoric 101 professor; instead they should select a section of Rhetoric 102 that piques their interest. All sections of Rhetoric 102 are limited to a fourteen-student maximum enrollment.


RHETORIC 102 01  TR 10:00-11:20 AM PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 02  TR  12:30-1:50 PM PROF. ROBBINS
RHETORIC 102 03 TR  2:00-3:20 PM PROF. ROBBINS


This course, like all Rhetoric courses, is based on a faculty resolution that states, "All Hampden-Sydney graduates will write competently."  This statement implies that students will know how to research topics and present their ideas and the evidence that they have gathered. Because fiction can offer insights into our society, we will use a collection of short fiction from contemporary writers to find topics for research. There are short research papers required on a variety of topics, and a longer one at the end of the semester.  All the papers show that the student constructed clear arguments and gathered evidence to support them.


RHETORIC 102 04 MWF 12:30-1:20 PM PROF. FEDORS

The Poetry of Robert Frost 

"You come too," ends one of Robert Frost's most enduring poems. In addition to being an acclaimed popular poet, Frost has won the hearts of friends and readers as a farmer, teacher, naturalist, philosopher, gifted conversationalist, and champion of the individual. In this section of RHET 102, students will study the rhetorical power of Frost's poetry while being introduced to qualitative research methods and the forms, conventions, and style of academic writing. As part of this training, students will receive extensive practice in how to locate, evaluate, summarize, use, and document research material. Writing assignments will break down the process of developing a research paper into its component parts so that students can master each and reflect on their interrelation, leading up to a substantial essay due at semester's end. While featuring higher-level writing assignments than RHET 101, RHET 102 will only reinforce 101's emphasis on the importance of correct grammar and clear, cogent argumentation to competent writing.


RHETORIC 102 05 MWF 9:30-10:20 AM  PROF. KALE
RHETORIC 102 06 MWF 10:30-11:20 AM  PROF. KALE


"Going Viral: The Rhetoric of Contagion"

Rhetoric 102 builds upon the key elements of the writing process that you learned in Rhetoric 101: critical thinking (invention), drafting (arrangement), and editing (style). Rhetoric 102 will also introduce you to research strategies and the fundamentals of employing primary and secondary sources in your papers to advance a thesis: locating sources, summarizing information and ideas, incorporating sources in your essay, citing sources in parenthetical notes, and documenting sources in a bibliography.  

The reading and writing assignments in this section of Rhetoric 102 all, in some way, have to do with the idea of "going viral." We will consider the rhetoric of contagion in a variety of contexts both literal  (ex: HIV) and figurative (ex: the Ice Bucket Challenge). This is a reading-, research-, and writing-intensive course.  Over the course of the semester you will be graded on a body of work totaling more than 7500 words.  


RHETORIC 102 07 MWF 1:30-2:20 PM PROF. FEDORS

The Poetry of Robert Frost 

"You come too," ends one of Robert Frost's most enduring poems. In addition to being an acclaimed popular poet, Frost has won the hearts of friends and readers as a farmer, teacher, naturalist, philosopher, gifted conversationalist, and champion of the individual. In this section of RHET 102, students will study the rhetorical power of Frost's poetry while being introduced to qualitative research methods and the forms, conventions, and style of academic writing. As part of this training, students will receive extensive practice in how to locate, evaluate, summarize, use, and document research material. Writing assignments will break down the process of developing a research paper into its component parts so that students can master each and reflect on their interrelation, leading up to a substantial essay due at semester's end. While featuring higher-level writing assignments than RHET 101, RHET 102 will only reinforce 101's emphasis on the importance of correct grammar and clear, cogent argumentation to competent writing.