Communication and Culture | Public Speaking--Honors
C130 | 1119 | Patricia Andrews


This service-learning section of C130 is organized around the topic of
Homelessness and Poverty in Our Community. Students will volunteer for
at least 25-30 hours during the course of the semester at one of
Bloomington's non-profit agencies that addresses problems related to
the course's theme (e.g., the Shalom Community Center, the Community
Kitchen, the Hoosier Hills Food Bank, Middle Way Hourse etc.). Most of
the assignments and class presentations will relate to students'
volunteerism and will involve civic engagement.

A fundamental assumption of C130 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.

Speaking assignments will ask students to assume the role of "voices
for the voiceless." For example, informative team presentations will
introduce members of the classroom community to the agencies with whom
students are volunteering. Students will also give speeches of tribute
in which they honor individuals, towns, or programs that have had a
significant impact on homelessness and poverty anywhere in the world.
In addition, students will present individual speeches of advocacy in
which they address the underlying causes of homelessness/poverty and
advance solutions that engage the audience and inspire them to act.
Students will also complete several written assignments, including a
speaking self-critique, a rhetorical analysis, and a letter to the
editor.