RHETORIC AND CULTURE
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
27476
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
LG/SNC Elective Basis
Description
This course explores the constitutive role that rhetoric plays in the formation of culture. Cultural texts and events will be examined both as reflecting and signifying practices. The course focuses on rhetoric's relation to ideology, power, and desire, as well as to class formations and sexual divisions. Selecting two of the above perspectives, students will examine how cultural practices constitute and are constituted by rhetoric.
Enrollment Requirements
PREQ: (COMMRC 0310 or 0320 or 0081 or COMM 0102) and ENG 0102 or ENGCMP (0002 or 0006 or 0020 or 0200 or 0203 or 0205 or 0207 or 0208 or 0210 or 0212) or ENGFLM 0210 or FP (0003 or 0006)
Class Attributes
Writing Intensive Course (WRIT)
Urban Studies
Global Studies
Class Notes
In communication studies scholars have been increasingly interested in the role of places and spaces in impacting public memory, national and local identity, and urban processes asking questions like: How does a city develop a sense of identity? What does it mean to feel a connection to place versus an abstract sense passing through spaces? What was it like working in Pittsburgh's steel mills; to live in the Hill District before and after urban renewal? How did the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning and nationality rooms come into being in the wake of world wars and a great depression? In this writing course, we draw on scholarship about space and place to explore these questions with a focus on Pittsburgh and its regions. Students will have the opportunity to consult local archives (Teeny Harris CMOA; Rivers of Steel; University of Pittsburgh Nationality Room Archives), visit resonant Pittsburgh spaces (Carrie Furnaces, The Vanka Murals, Randyland), to develop papers that explore questions of space, place, and regional identity. Students will learn how to do research with primary materials, and to develop their writing skills. Field trip availability dependent on COVID-19 and Pitt's operating posture. The planned operational modality for this class is REMOTE. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-all-students-remote/
Class Details
Instructor(s)
Caitlin Bruce
Meets
TuTh 7:50AM - 9:05AM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
WEB Based Class
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Lecture Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Open
Seats Taken
14
Seats Open
8
Class Capacity
22
Unrestricted Seats
8
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
0
Wait List Capacity
20