History is defined by social movements. Social activists help shape our attitudes concerning civil rights, living wages, healthcare, and the environment. Rhetoric is an essential feature of social activism. Without an effective message, a movement is bound to fail. In this course, we will investigate the rhetorical dynamics informing a range of historical movements. Additionally, we will theorize the fluid relationship between social movement and public consciousness, while also pointing to the opportunities and challenges activists face in the twenty-first century.
Special topics course titles and descriptions may change. May be repeated for credit.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.
Satisfies a requirement in the Communication Studies interdisciplinary minor.