LS1465 Rhetoric - Speaking and Writing for Impact 7.5 credits

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Discover the techniques to inform your audiences effectively and to convince them of your arguments.

  • Education cycle

    First cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

    P, F

Course offerings

Spring 19 for programme students

Autumn 19 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 19 P1 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    50190

  • Start date

    29/08/2019

  • End date

    25/10/2019

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    18 - 27

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Course responsible

    Jamie Rinder <jamier@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Elective course for all programmes.

Spring 20 for programme students

Autumn 18 for programme students

  • Periods

    Autumn 18 P1 (7.5 credits)

  • Application code

    51154

  • Start date

    27/08/2018

  • End date

    26/10/2018

  • Language of instruction

    English

  • Campus

    KTH Campus

  • Tutoring time

    Daytime

  • Form of study

    Normal

  • Number of places *

    18 - 27

    *) The Course date may be cancelled if number of admitted are less than minimum of places. If there are more applicants than number of places selection will be made.

  • Schedule

    Schedule (new window)

  • Course responsible

    Jamie Rinder <jamier@kth.se>

  • Target group

    Elective course for all programmes.

  • Part of programme

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student is expected to:

- be able to write effective texts and speak before an audience in a structured and efficient way that is adapted to the target group
- be familiar with and be able to analyse different rhetorical strategies and be able to apply these in his/her speeches and texts
- be able to work actively in structuring a speech and with the writing process, for example by giving and taking constructive criticism
- be able to account for insights in the language, the history and the culture of the English-speaking world

Course main content

The following is treated in the course:
• rhetorical strategies, dispositions and structures
• rhetorical fundamental concepts and figures of speech
• adaptation to target group, contact with audience and stage fright
• text and sentence structure

Typical oral assignments:
• an informative oral presentation
• an argumentative oral presentation
• an oral rhetorical debate on a controversial subject

Typical written assignments:
• a written revision of a text
• an argumentative text
• a short written analysis of a speech

Eligibility

This course focuses on specific skills in English. At the start of the course, the student should therefore have general English skills equivalent to at least level B2 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The student is responsible for checking his/her skills in a self-assessment test before applying for the course.

Literature

Course literature will be announced before the start of the course.

Recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be listed in the course information or in a similar way.

Examination

  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 7.5, grading scale: P, F

Requirements for final grade

All examination parts passed
75% attendance

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Examiner

Jamie Rinder <jamier@kth.se>

Oliver Martin Smith <omsmith@kth.se>

Version

Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2019.
Examination information valid from: Spring 2019.