Communication And Culture | HONORS PUBLIC SPEAKING
C130 | 1081 | Andrews P


A fundamental assumption of this course is that the aim of a
liberal education is to prepare students to engage in civic, professional,
intellectual, and commercial pursuits ethically and effectively. Doing so
requires the ability to communicate significant ideas to audiences as well
as to evaluate ideas that are presented by others to be, in other words, a
proficient, capable producer and consumer of communication.  Accordingly,
C130 focuses on understanding and adapting to the needs of audiences, the
critical analysis of ideas, carrying out research and gathering and
evaluating evidence, organizing material, and clearly presenting ideas
orally. The central activity of the class will be the preparation and
presentation of speeches. Students will give speeches designed to gain
audience understanding (informative speeches) and speeches designed to
reinforce community vales, gain agreement with controversial ideas, and
induce action (persuasive speeches). Students will also prepare and
deliver a special occasion speech, choosing from a speech of introduction,
a speech of tribute, an acceptance speech, a speech of inspiration, or an
after-dinner speech.  The basic requirements of students in the class are
to: attend every class meeting; complete assignments by the date due and
participate in class discussions, take written examinations based on
readings in the text and class lectures/discussions, give four speeches in
class on the day assigned, conforming to the requirements for each speech,
and serve as Chair for one round of speeches. Although it is important to
study the text as assigned, much of the reading in the course will be
devoted to research related to speech topics.