Communication and Culture | Rhetoric, Law, and Culture
C321 | 21230 | William E. Wiethoff

CMCL-C C321: Rhetoric, Law, and Culture
Class Number: 21230

TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, TE F258

A portion of this course reserved for majors

Fulfills COAS A&H Requirement

Instructor: William E. Wiethoff
Office: Mottier Hall 215
Phone: 855-9046

C321 introduces you to varied principles and techniques of legal
rhetoric using a combination of lectures and in-class discussion.
You will study principles and techniques that are theoretically
suitable for the speech of lawyers, judges, and other participants
in the American justice system.  You will compare these theoretical
guidelines with the legal speech in famous American cases, from the
Salem witch trials to the O.J. Simpson trial.  Successful completion
of C321 means that you can identify and explain rhetorical
principles and techniques in two written examinations, as well as
compose opening statements and closing arguments.

Required Text:
Hauser, Gerald A.  An Introduction to Rhetorical Theory.  NY:
Waveland, 2002. (IRT)

Required Website Readings:
		[click on "Courtroom & Trial Procedure"]
		[click on "Closing/Opening Statement"]
		[click on "Faculty Directory"]	
		[click on the "Bio" option for Douglas O. Linder]
		[click on the "Famous Trials" option]
		[click on the relevant trial]