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Course Description

The University Catalog describes the course this way:

"A study of works by contemporary rhetoric / composition specialists, with special regard to the theoretical basis of composing and its pedagogical implications" (252).

English 5372 is one of the "core" courses in the English Department's MA program; it is a course that *all* MA students take. It is meant to introduce students to the field of study we call rhetoric / composition (or composition / rhetoric). We will read, write about, and discuss a wide range of works in an attempt to help you begin to "map the territory" of this field of study. Our primary focus will be the complex connections between theory and pedagogy. We will begin with the assumption that all practices (pedagog(y)(ies) are enactments of (a) theor(y)(ies), whether or not the teacher or student is conscious of the theor(y)(ies). In other words, we will engage our readings about theory and practice without separating the two: to explore theories is to explore the practices they inform.

Or, from another angle, our primary focus will be an exploration of the ways that theory informs practice and the ways that practice informs theory.

Completing this course will not qualify a student as a composition / rhetoric specialist. Instead, the course begins the larger ongoing project of helping students identify areas / questions / problems for future inquiry, whether in further coursework or in independent reading and study.

Required Texts

Course Objectives

Course Requirements

We will do several activities during the semester to help us formulate our discussions. They will include:


Graduate Studies Standards

The instructor assumes that seminar members are good-faith graduate students. Bona fide graduate-school behavior is distinguished in at least four ways.

Academic Integrity and Dishonesty Students are expected to "demonstrate a high level of maturity, self-direction and ability to manage their own affairs" and to "conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic honesty." Please refer to the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi General Academic Policies and Regulations for complete information.

Resources for Students

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