CLAS 3101 The Public Thinker

3 hours; 3 credits

This course introduces students to theoretical and practical issues facing thinkers who engage with the classical tradition. By examining examples of public discourse, students will encounter a range of historical and cultural perspectives, with special attention to proficiencies needed for engagement in intellectual dialogue across national boundaries. The classical tradition itself will be subject to critique. In addition to considering the linguistic-rhetorical dimension of public discourse, this course will consider various forms of censorship, persecution, and media control. Projects may include the drafting of letters, opinion pieces, and speeches.

Prerequisite: English 1010 or permission of the chairperson.


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