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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).

1.Week of Sept. 3-7
We.5 Groundwork: Heuristics and Analytics
Welcome and Introductions
Watch Clemson Univ., "In Defense of Rhetoric"
Five Canons of Rhetoric in Sci-Tech Contexts
Notes & Questions Demo and Scheduling

2.Week of Sept. 10-14
We. 12 An Overview
Herrick, "An Overview of Rhetoric," PDF, 1-30
Gross, "Does Rhetoric of Science Matter? The Case of the Floppy-Eared Rabbits," PDF, 933-943
RSS and Google Reader
Glossary Project Setup
Notes & Questions for 9/12
Questions: Beth, Ryan
Notes: Dan R., Tim

3.Week of Sept. 17-21
We.19 Rhetorical Stases
Fahnestock and Secor, "The Stases in Scientific and Literary Argument," PDF, 427-443
Crowley and Hawhee, "Stases," PDF, 44-74
Notes & Questions for 9/19
Questions: Tim, Ryan
Notes: Neil, Dan R.

4.Week of Sept. 24-28
We.26 Rhetorical Situation
Crowley and Hawhee, "Rhetorical Situation," PDF, 32-43
Bitzer, "The Rhetorical Situation," PDF, 217-225
Notes & Questions for 9/26
Questions: Dan L., Jennifer
Notes: Beth, Tim

5.Week of Oct. 1-5
We.3 Rhetorical Ecologies
Vatz, "The Myth of the Rhetorical Situation," PDF, 154-161
Edbauer-Rice, "Unframing Models of Public Distribution: From Rhetorical Situation to Rhetorical Ecologies," PDF, 5-24
Notes & Questions for 10/3
Nancy Grace on Fukushima radiation
Questions: Adam, Beth
Notes: Dan L., Jennifer

6.Week of Oct. 8-12
We.10 Rhetoric as Epistemic
Scott, "On Viewing Rhetoric as Epistemic," PDF, 9-17
Brummett, "A Eulogy for Epistemic Rhetoric," PDF, 69-72
Brummett, "Three Meanings of Epistemic Rhetoric," PDF, 1-9
Notes & Questions for 10/10
Questions: Tim, Neil
Notes: Adam, Beth

7.Week of Oct. 15-19
We.17 Studying the Force of Science
Midterm Course Evaluation
Callon, Law, and Rip, "How to Study the Force of Science," PDF, 3-15
Law, "Laboratories and Texts," PDF, 35-50
DUE: Glossary
Notes & Questions for 10/17
Questions: Adam, Dan R.
Notes: Ryan, Dan L.

8.Week of Oct. 22-26
We.24 Worm Turns
Harris, "Introduction" to Landmark Essays on Rhetoric of Science: Case Studies, PDF, xi-xlv
Halloran, "The Birth of Molecular Biology," PDF, 39-52
Notes & Questions for 10/24
Questions: Jennifer, Tim
Notes: Adam, Neil

9.Week of Oct. 29-Nov. 2
We.31 Agency & Nonhumans I
Winner, "Do Artefacts Have Politics?" PDF, 1-12
Johnson, "Mixing Humans and Nonhumans Together: The Sociology of a Door Closer," PDF, 298-310
DUE: Rhetorics of S&T I
Notes & Questions for 10/31
Questions: Adam, Jennifer, Dan R.
Notes: Dan L., Beth

10.Week of Nov. 5-9
We.7 Agency & Nonhumans II
Woolgar and Cooper, "Do Artefacts Have Ambivalence?" PDF, 433-449
Brown, "Paul Cret and the Decorum of Objects"
Miller, "What Can Automation Tell Us About Agency?" PDF, 137-157
Notes & Questions for 11/7
Questions: Dan L., Neil
Notes: Jennifer, Ryan

11.Week of Nov. 12-16
Rivers, "Rhetorical Theory/Bruno Latour"
Latour, Pandora's Hope, "Do You Believe in Reality?" 1-24
Latour, Pandora's Hope, "Circulating Reference," 25-80
DUE: Rhetorics of S&T II
Notes & Questions for 11/14
Questions: Ryan, Derek
Notes: Neil, Dan R.

12.Week of Nov. 19-23
No classes

13.Week of Nov. 26-30
Latour, Pandora's Hope, "A Collective of Humans and Nonhumans," 174-215
Latour, Pandora's Hope, "Conclusion," 293-300
Optional: Pandora's Hope, "The Slight Surprise of Action," 266-292
Chronography Development

14.Week of Dec. 3-7
Chronography Development

15.Week of Dec. 10-14
Chronography Presentations
Course Evaluations
Final Exam Setup
DUE: Chronography

16.Week of Dec. 17-21
DUE: 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 2020 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

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