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ERIC Number: ED461130
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 13
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The Capstone Course as Rhetorical Criticism.
Hanson, Trudy L.
After deciding which criteria a capstone course in a speech communication department should meet, faculty at West Texas A&M University decided to designate SCOM 401, Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism, as the capstone course. It is offered fall semester every year for juniors or seniors, and students are required to present their final projects, a 10-15 page critical essay, before a panel of speech communication professors who evaluate the presentation on a pass/fail basis. Introduction to Rhetorical Criticism is a writing intensive course; during the semester students write 6 practice essays, using 6 of the 10 critical methods presented. The practice essays involve the analysis of public speeches and popular culture artifacts. Before writing each practice essay, students discuss a critical method and read a sample essay that uses that method for analysis. Their final papers are reviewed by the instructor and revised prior to the final class meeting. The capstone course has helped give the curriculum a clear focus and a clearer picture of what the students are learning in the program. Currently, student portfolios are being contemplated in which each speech communication course will have a designated activity/assignment to be included in the portfolio. A course syllabus is attached. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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