Aug 18, 2019  
2018-2019 College of Liberal Arts 
    
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ENGH 344 - Rhetorics of the Workplace/Professional Communication

4 credits
This course takes a critical approach to the discourses people use at work.  Students will identify, analyze, and critique particular forms of talk and writing, paying particular attention to their role in enforcing distinctions of class, power, and mobility, and other economic forces.  We will examine the changing rhetoric of work in the modern era, for example, taking into consideration the texts that emerged from the union movement of the nineteenth century to the present, the campaign for workplace safety, or the relationships between rhetorics of work and feminism.  Other topics may include work in the context of neoliberal and globalizing forces.  We will examine the operations of languages that characterize writing in a range of professions including legal, medical, corporate, pharmaceutical, and financial.  Rhetorical and literacy theorists such as Burke, Brandt, Rose, or Olbrechts-Tyteca will frame our analysis. Students will conduct original research into a particular workplace or set of discourses. Prerequisite: ENGH 150  



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