ERIC Number: ED220854
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Seminar in Rhetoric and the Humanities: Rationale and Structure.
There is a movement at the Community College of Philadelphia to develop an interdisciplinary humanities course for both general studies students and career students. The goal of the course is students' active appreciation of the humanities, by their learning to perform basic rhetorical analyses of historically situated works, while understanding that every work is part of an ongoing historical debate. Linking freshman composition with an interdisciplinary humanities course to form one course taught jointly by a composition teacher and a humanities teacher will provide a content structure for the composition instruction, allow more time to be spent on both skills and content, and permit two instructors to share the content. The seminar format, the most effective way to teach such a class, will allow students opportunity to practice skills rather than just listen. Lectures will be kept at a minimum and emphasis will be on the analysis of the humanities work, rather than on historical information. The text for the course will be "The Humanities: Cultural Roots and Continuities," volume 2, along with reproduced materials or a brief book of readings. Interested faculty may attend an inservice training session on teaching writing across the curriculum prior to the spring 1983 semester when the rhetoric/humanities course will begin. Course designers hope this will become a required course taught by all members of the humanities faculty. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Community College of Philadelphia PA; Freshman Composition
Note: Paper presented at the National Endowment for the Humanities/Beaver College Summer Institute for Writing in the Humanities (Glenside, PA, July 1982).