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PWR 1TRF: Beyond the Ivory Tower - The Rhetoric of the University

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Catalog Number: PWR 1TRF

Instructor: Shannon Hervey

Quarters offered 2021-2022: Summer 2022 (online)

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Schedule

Summer 2022: TBD Pacific Time (online course)

Fall 2022: Not offered

Winter 2023: Not offered

Spring 2023: Not offered

Units: 4

Grade option: Letter (ABCD/NP) 

Prerequisite: None; Enrollment limited to incoming Transfer Students

Course Feature: WR-1 requirement

What does it mean to be a student at an institution of higher learning? Who gets to decide what gets taught and what’s worth knowing? And how do philosophies or goals of education change over time to reflect evolving values or to attend to social, political, technological, or medical challenges? In PWR 1TR, a course designed specifically for incoming Stanford transfer students, we’ll explore definitions of the “university” by examining texts which attempt to define “education.” We’ll ask compelling questions about the production of knowledge while we work toward developing skills and strategies in the areas of writing, research, and rhetoric.

Major Assignments

 

Rhetorical Analysis

(1500-1800 words; 5-6 pages) In this assignment, you will analyze the rhetorical moves of an assigned text to explore how audience, purpose, and exigence influence an argument and how an author deliberately employs specific appeals to create a persuasive text. 

Texts in Conversation Essay

(1800-2400 words; 6-8 pages) This assignment will set the stage for your research project. After choosing a topic related to the course theme, your will examine and assess the current conversation already taking place about this issue. 

Research-Based Argument

(3600-4500 words; 12-15 pages) For this assignment, you will build on your Texts in Conversation Essay in order to produce a well-supported (research-based), complex and focused argument drawing from a variety of sources.