This course is an introduction to the history, theory, practice and implications of rhetoric— the art and craft of persuasion. Specifically, this class focuses on the ways that scientists use various methods of persuasion as they construct scientific knowledge. By first examining the nature of science and rhetoric, the course then looks at texts written by scientists and use rhetorical theory to analyze those texts. Students look at the professional scientific research articles and other genres of scientific writing. Finally, students investigate the way that rhetoric plays a role in the everyday life of scientists. Throughout the class, students wrestle with questions, such as: How is science rhetorical? What can rhetorical analysis reveal about the ways that scientists use persuasion? How might rhetorical analysis limit the understanding of science?
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.