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387-001 Special Topics in Rhetoric & Composition

387-001 Special Topics in Rhetoric & Composition
Instructor: Maria Novotny
Description:
What is digital rhetoric? How do reading and writing practices change in digital environments? 
We will explore the dynamics of online, networked reading and writing practices by examining the rhetorical, social, cultural, educational, and ethical dimensions of digital texts. We will examine issues of technology and literacy, and we will interrogate identity (including gender, race, class, and more), subjectivity, and representation in digital spaces.
The topics we cover, the readings we do, and the discussions we have in this course should help us to: 
  • Explore and understand digital spaces as deeply rhetorical spaces;
  • Understand the sociocultural dynamics of digital writing spaces;
  • Become more sophisticated navigators of the information available to us in digital spaces; and 
  • Become more effective writers and communicators in print and digitally mediated spaces.

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