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Introduction to the conceptual and philosophical, foundations of the discipline, from classical, rhetorical theory through contemporary, perspectives, including critical theories of human, interaction. How humans construct and negotiate, meaning in different contexts, including, interpersonal relationships, public address, small, groups and organizations, mass media. Moral,, ethical, and policy issues.
Introduction to the conceptual and philosophical, foundations of the discipline, from classical, rhetorical theory through contemporary, perspectives, including critical theories of human, interaction. How humans construct and negotiate, meaning in different contexts, including, interpersonal relationships, public address, small, groups and organizations, mass media. Moral,, ethical, and policy issues.
Theory, aesthetics, and practice in the production, of messages for film and television. Organizing, principles and aesthetic theories concerning, connections between form and content, text and, audience. Topics include narrative style and, structure, visual composition, continuity and, montage, and basic production practices in image, creation, audio, and editing.
History and theory of rhetoric, including major, developments in rhetorical theory from antiquity, up to the present. Rhetoric's relationship with, philosophy, knowledge, and culture. Examination of, persuasive messages in various forms, including, politics, advertising, film, video.
Theory and practice of rhetoric within, organizational settings. Development of, rhetorical skills for professional settings,, including public speaking, networking,, interviewing, small group interaction, crisis, management techniques, negotiation.
Major critical methods for analyzing and, understanding communicative action. Major, historical developments in rhetorical criticism, during the 20th century. Role of criticism in, understanding persuasive messages in various, forms, including political discourse, advertising,, music, film, television.
Survey of the major theoretical approaches to, film, media, and popular culture from the past, 150 years. Theories include critical (Marxist,, feminist, critical race), formal (montage,, realism, aesthetics), new media, and media, effects. The course seeks a broad understanding, of what media are and how they work in a, democracy. Seniors will be given registration, preference during the first round of, registration.
Reading and critical analysis organized around, themes or problems in RHMS. Focus varies, depending on areas of instructor teaching,, research, and/or creative work. Assignments are, organized around a substantial final project. May, be taken twice with change of topic.
Application of major theories from media, film,, and cultural studies (e.g., psychoanalysis, genre, study, formalism, auteur study, national cinemas), to a given set of media texts. Close analysis of, media texts in context, taking into consideration, technological, aesthetic, and industrial shifts.