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Course Schedule

The following schedule offers a provisional plan for all work throughout the semester. We may revise it as needed. PDF readings are available for download at EMU Online (see Doc Sharing).

Groundwork: Heuristics and Analytics
1.Week of Sept. 5-9
Labor Day - No classes

2.Week of Sept. 12-16
Mo. 12 Introductions
Syllabus and Schedule
Notes & Responses Schedule
Watch Clemson Univ., "In Defense of Rhetoric"
Burke, "The Five Master Terms: Their Place in a 'Dramatistic' Grammar of Motives," PDF, 1-12
Burke, "Questions and Answers about the Pentad," PDF, 330-335
Phelps, "Outcomes Questions" (online)
Blog Setup (Wordpress; free account)

3.Week of Sept. 19-23
Fahnestock and Secor, "The Stases in Scientific and Literary Argument," PDF, 427-443
Bitzer, "The Rhetorical Situation," PDF, 217-225
Edbauer-Rice, "Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies," PDF, 5-24
Appeals: Ethos, Pathos, Logos
Nancy Grace on Fukushima radiation
RSS and Google Reader

4.Week of Sept. 26-30
Bogost, "Procedural Rhetoric," PDF, 1-64
Callon, Law, and Rip, "How to Study the Force of Science," PDF, 3-15
Law, "Laboratories and Texts," PDF, 35-50

5.Week of Oct. 3-7
Harris, "Introduction" to Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies, PDF, xi-xlv
Halloran, "The Birth of Molecular Biology," PDF, 39-52
Fahnestock, "Arguing in Different Forums," PDF, 53-68
DUE: Coming to Terms: Glossary Project

Surveying Rhetorics of Science and Technology
6.Week of Oct. 10-14

Brown and Duguid, The Social Life of Information, preface and 1-146

7.Week of Oct. 17-21
Brown and Duguid, The Social Life of Information, 147-252

8.Week of Oct. 24-28
Lakoff and Johnson, Metaphors We Live By, 3-125

9.Week of Oct. 31-Nov. 4
Lakoff and Johnson, Metaphors We Live By, 126-237
DUE: Response and Analysis Case (draft)

10.Week of Nov. 7-11
Latour, Science in Action, Introduction and Part I, pp. 1-100
DUE: Response and Analysis Case

Rhetorics of Science and Technology: Assembly and Delivery
11.Week of Nov. 14-18

Latour, Science in Action, Part II, pp. 103-176

12.Week of Nov. 21-25
Latour, Science in Action, Part III, pp. 179-259
DUE: RST Conferece Proposal
Poster Development

13.Week of Nov. 28-Dec. 2
Poster Development
RST Conference Planning

14.Week of Dec. 5-9
Poster Development
RST Conference Planning
Course Evaluations (?)

15.Week of Dec. 12
RST Conference (Papers & Posters)
Course Evaluations
Final Exam (option)
DUE: Poster

16.Finals Week - Dec. 13-19
Mo.19 Final Exam

Contact Information

Derek N. Mueller, PhD
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Writing
Director of Composition
Department of English
Virginia Tech
Office: 315 Shanks Hall
Spring 2019 Office Hours: T, 12-3
Phone: +1-734-985-0485

"Rhetoric of science is simply, then, the study of how scientists persuade and dissuade each other and the rest of us about nature, —the study of how scientists argue in the making of knowledge" (xii). Randy Harris, "Introduction," Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies

"The reality, feasibility, and representativeness of a project are progressive concepts, but they are also controversial; that's why it's so hard to get a clear idea about the technologies involved" (66). Bruno Latour, Aramis, or The Love of Technology

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