Communication and Culture | Rhetoric, Law, and Culture
C321 | 10931 | Wiethoff, W.


TuTh, 1:00 PM-2:15 PM, TE F256

Fulfills College A&H Requirement
A portion of this class reserved for majors

Instructor: William E. Wiethoff
E-Mail: wiethoff@indiana.edu
Office: 800 E. 3rd St.  room 233
Phone: 855-9046

C321 introduces you to varied principles and techniques of legal
rhetoric in a combination of lectures and discussions.  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 O.J. Simpson.  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:

http://resource.lawlinks.com
[click on "Courtroom & Trial Procedure"]
[click on "Closing/Opening Statement"]
http://www.crimelibrary.com
http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty
[click on "Faculty Directory"]
[click on the "Bio" option for Douglas O. Linder]
[click on the "Famous Trials" option]
[click on the relevant trial]
http://www.surratt.org