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Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications

Courses Available - Winter 2017


TOPICS: RHETORIC OF MEDICINE
RHET-3900-002 (3) Tuesday/Thursday 4:00-5:15PM
3C14

Medicine is one of the oldest and most respected professions. It plays an integral part in one form or another in virtually every society on the planet today. Given its centrality in our lives and given the enormous expenditures that go to support it, it is only fitting that medicine should be taken seriously by the humanities. What, then, does a discipline like rhetoric have to say about medicine? How can we use rhetoric to investigate the history, practice, and culture of the medical profession? What insights can rhetoric offer when combined with other fields, such as philosophy, sociology, and anthropology about discourses of health? In this course, we will explore the rhetoric of medicine, examining the role of language, performance, ethics, identity, and power. The aim is to cultivate a critical perspective on a profession that exercises so much power and authority over our daily lives, and to understand the place of medicine in the modern social imaginary.

Prerequisites: Any section of Academic Writing & completion of 24 credit hrs.


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