This course focuses on examining, researching, and writing about “Minority Rhetorics,” the rhetorical systems developed and used by groups who have less power than those in the dominant paradigm of a culture/situation. Each student in the course will choose an event that occurred from 1950s-present in the U.S. that they are interested in and that they feel is/will be significant to U.S. history.
Students will engage in an inquiry-based research process, crafting questions that focus specifically on their event to guide their research. Their goal will be to carefully examine the language used in their sources to determine which sources were written in dominant/mainstream rhetoric and which sources uses a minority rhetoric framework. They will then need to craft an argument that asserts how they feel minority rhetoric(s) were used by individuals and groups documenting the event they chose to focus on to frame the event in ways that differ from the way the event was presented in mainstream/dominant rhetoric. This argumentative piece will be written toward the end of the term, with a variety of shorter assignments along the way to scaffold the writing and research process for this larger assignment.
Students will also build an ePortfolio in this class. This ePortfolio will house their work for this course and be set up in such a way as to encourage them to keep building their ePortfolios beyond this course.
I made some revisions to this course for this term in an attempt to streamline some of the work and address some of the concerns students expressed when I taught the course last Spring. The CLO reflection assignment has been eliminated, with a modified section merged into the Meeting Course Goals page and I also reduced the number of sources students need to annotate in their Annotated Bibliographies so they can give more depth to the annotations for each source.