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2015-2016 Catalog

FYS 121 Election Rhetoric

Access to the American political system is not fully realized until citizens learn to make critical inquiries into candidates' positions. But political rhetoric does not make full access easy. This course looks to equip students with the rhetorical know-how to analyze and critique the language of political campaigns. By paying close attention to how candidates phrase responses, frame issues, and define themselves and each other, students learn how language can be used to divide and unite.