Additional web pages related to rhetoric and courses in Rhetoric of Science are available in related resources.
Paul, Danette, Davida Charney, and Aimee Kendall. "Moving Beyond the Moment: Reception Studies in the Rhetoric of Science." Journal of Business and Technical Communication 15, no. 3 (July 2001): 372-399.
Readings by Session
Read: Herzberg, Bruce and Patricia Bizzell, eds. The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present. 2nd ed. Bedford, MA: St. Martin's Press, December 22, 2000, pp. 19-37. ISBN: 9780312148393.
Crowley, Sharon and Deborah Hawhee. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. 3rd Ed. New York, NY: Longman, 2003, pp. 7-16. ISBN: 9780321172761.
Compare/contrast the two introductions. If you have a laptop, bring it to the next class.
|2||What is Rhetoric?||In-class |
Discuss Rhetorical Tradition vs. Ancient Rhetorics introductions. Take one term from the introductions and look for definitions on the internet.
Read: Herzberg, Bruce and Patricia Bizzell, eds. "Aristotle." In The Rhetorical Tradition: Readings from Classical Times to the Present. 2nd ed. Bedford, MA: St. Martin's Press, December 22, 2000, pp. 151-194. ISBN: 9780312148393. Choose one of Aristotle's emotions to present to the class.
|3||Say Again! What is Rhetoric?||In-class |
Students report out on their terms from Aristotle. Exercises on ethos, pathos, and logos. Discuss the rhetorical triangle. Lecture about stasis theory.
Read: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, II, III, X, XIII. Remainder of book is optional reading.
|4||What is Science?||In-class |
Discuss Kuhn. Activities about the social construction of science-the believing/doubting game.
Read: Gross, Alan. The Rhetoric of Science. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1990, chapter 1. ISBN: 9780674768734.
Harris, Randy Allen. Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science. Mahwah, NJ: Hermagoras Press, 1997, xi-xxix. ISBN: 9781880393116.
Option: Writing in the Sciences. Chapter 1. (Skim)
|5||What is Rhetoric of Science?||In-class |
What are the limits and possibilities of using rhetoric to explain science? Read and workshop Crick and Watson.
Read: Halloran, S. M. "The birth of molecular biology: an essay in the rhetorical criticism of scientific discourse." Rhetoric Review 3 (1984): 70-83.
Moore, Randy. "Writing About Biology: How Rhetorical Choices Can Influence the Impact of a Scientific Paper." Bioscene 26, no. 1 (February 2000): 23-25. (PDF)
Watson, J., and F. Crick. "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid." Nature 171 (1953): 737. (PDF)
|6||What's Rhetorical Analysis?||In-class |
Read: Writing in the Sciences. Chapter 3, sections 3.1-3.7. Bring your sample articles to next class!
|7||What's Rhetorical Analysis? (cont)||In-class |
Workshop exercises from Penrose and Katz, using the sample article. Everyone does 3.3 and then they can choose exercise 3.6, 3.11, 3.16, or 3.21.
Bring your sample article and exercises from today to class on Tuesday.
|8||Workshop Day||In-class |
You and your partner bring your data to class. We'll workshop to help you with your analysis.
|10||Practice Presentations (cont.)||Homework |
Draft of rhetorical analysis paper. (Project 1)
|12||Final Presentations (cont.)||Conferences |
Held one day before and on Lec #12. (20-30 minutes each)
|13||Introduction to Socially-Situated Research||In-class |
Exercises on how to read Latour. Brainstorming field trip for Project 2.
Lab Life. Chapter 1.
|14||What are Latour and Woolgar talking about in Lab Life?||In-class |
Wrestle through chapter 1. Group work with report-outs.
Read: Lab Life. Chapter 2. Your Project 2 research question and explanation of your proposed scene.
|15||Lab Life||In-class |
Latour Discussion. Workshop research questions and practice with field notes exercises.
Read: Lab Life. Chapter 3.
|16||Lab Life (cont.)||In-class |
Latour Discussion + Visual Rhetoric. Update on projects.
Read: Lab Life. Chapter 4.
|17||Lab Life (cont.)||In-class |
Latour Discussion. Progress reports in class on team Project 2.
Read: Lab Life. Chapter 5-6.
|18||Lab Life (cont.)||In-class |
Latour Discussion. Data coding exercises.
Bring your data to next class for a workshop.
|19||Data Workshop||Homework |
Project 2 presentations
Practice presentation sign-up
|20||Practice Presentations in Class|
|21||Practice Presentations in Class (cont.)||Homework |
Draft of analysis paper. (Project 2)
|22||Final Presentation Project 2|
|23||Final Presentation Project 2 (cont.)||Conferences |
Held one day before and on Lec #23. (20-30 minutes each)
|24||Last Day of Class |
Prepare your portfolio and portfolio review. Due at final conference. Sign-up for final conference.