Fall 2015 Rhetoric 102 Course Descriptions


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 STAFF

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 STAFF