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Department of English | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2021

Writing and Rhetoric

Certificate

Students in this certificate will investigate the theories and methods of rhetorical analysis and production through a course sequence that reflects the interdisciplinary vitality of the field, drawing together studies of rhetoric in English, philosophy, linguistics, and communications.

Admission Requirements

Normal requirements for admission to Simon Fraser University apply. Prior to formal program admission, students must complete one of

  • ENGL 199W - Writing to Persuade (3)
  • LING 200 - Introduction to Sentence Analysis (3)
  • PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)
  • PUB 210W - Fundamentals of Professional Writing: University Level Skills and Practice in Writing Effectively (3)

Program Requirements

A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required in the courses used for the certificate.

Students successfully complete a minimum total of 24 units, including

ENGL 214 - History and Principles of Rhetoric (3)

Introduction to the history and principles of rhetoric, and their application to the creation and analysis of written, visual, and other forms of persuasion. Prerequisite: 12 units or one 100 division English course.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Cramer
Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
AQ 5007, Burnaby

and four of

CMNS 304W - Communication in Everyday Life (4)

An examination of a range of theories of everyday language focused on specific forms of discursive practice, including gossip, humour, religion, and sarcasm. Prerequisite: 45 units, including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223, 223W, 235, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 304 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Andrew Hillan
Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D101 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D102 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D103 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D104 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D105 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D106 Tu 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D108 Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D109 Tu 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
D110 Tu 12:30 PM – 1:20 PM
REMOTE LEARNING, Burnaby
CMNS 331 - News Discourse as Political Communication (4)

An examination of journalism and the news media as a set of institutions with important political and ideological roles. The course overviews theoretical perspectives and applies selected theoretical concepts to such topics as: influences on media content, how news generates meaning, ideological aspects of media frames, and the evaluation of journalism's performance in relation to normative expectations of democratic political communication. Prerequisite: At least one of CMNS 235 or 240, with a minimum grade of C-.

CMNS 332 - Communication and Rhetoric (4)

An examination of rhetoric and persuasion in the context of communication studies. Several classical accounts of persuasion and rhetoric are examined in order to develop a fuller understanding of the promotional ethos of the modern age. How different institutional modes of persuasive discourse have been shaped by a variety of research agendas and underlying theories about human nature is also studied. Prerequisite: 45 units including one of CMNS 220, 221, 223W, or 235, with a minimum grade of C-.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Gary McCarron
Tu 5:30 PM – 8:20 PM
HCC 1700, Vancouver
E101 Tu 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 2510, Vancouver
E102 Tu 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E103 Tu 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E104 Tu 8:30 PM – 9:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
E105 Tu 9:30 PM – 10:20 PM
HCC 2280, Vancouver
ENGL 371 - Writing: Theory and Practice (4)

Students will engage in theoretically informed practice of writing in various non-academic genres. Emphasis will be placed on the kinds of writing that students are likely to use after graduation. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200 division English courses. Recommended: One of English 199, 199W, or 214. This course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for English 371 prior to Summer 2015 may not take this couse for further credit.

ENGL 375 - Studies in Rhetoric (4)

Advanced study in the theory and/or history of rhetoric. Prerequisite: 30 units or two 200 division English courses. Recommended: One of English 199, 199W, or 214. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for English 375 prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit.

LING 160 - Language, Culture and Society (3)

Examines the relationship between language use and social structure. Considers how social factors such as gender, class, age, and ethnicity may be reflected in language use, as well as "big picture" topics that include multilingualism, dialect variation, language policy and linguistic stereotypes. Encourages students to think critically about the social dimensions of language. Open to all students. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
A320 TBD
D100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
Th 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
PHIL 344 - Topics in the Philosophy of Language (3)

An introduction to the major philosophic theories of language. Topics to be considered include the relationship between language and mind, language and the world, language and society. Students may repeat this course for further credit under a different topic. Prerequisite: Either one of: PHIL 201 or 203; or both of PHIL 100W (or equivalent) and COGS 200.

PUB 212 - Public Relations and Public Engagement (3)

A critical and applied approach to theories and practices of professional public engagement, with a focus on public relations. This course is problem-centred and issues-driven, and emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills of effective and strategic professional public engagement across a wide range of current and emerging media technologies, platforms, and communication environments. Prerequisite: 25 units; PUB 210W highly recommended.

and two of

CMNS 432 - Political Communication, Public Opinion and Political Marketing (4)

Examines the core paradox of the political discourse in a democratic society today. Despite rising levels of education and citizen access to 24-hour news, public affairs and contemporary forms of satire, voting turnout in most advanced democracies is declining. We look at how politics is defined and meaning is mediated within the communicative public sphere during and between elections. Prerequisite: 75 units including at least two CMNS or DIAL upper division courses, with a minimum grade of C-. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
E100 Daniel Ahadi
Mo 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 3003, Burnaby
CMNS 447 - Negotiation and Dialogue as Communication (4)

This course provides frameworks and tools with which to understand and evaluate negotiation as a form of communication. The objective of the course is to provide an understanding of the role of communication in the negotiating process, and the consequences of different kinds of negotiation strategies in intercultural, international, competitive, and conflictual situations. It combines theoretical discussion with practical case studies, involves guest negotiators and analysts, and provides an appreciation of the world-wide scale and importance of negotiation as a basis for clarifying relationships. Prerequisite: 75 units, including CMNS 347 with a minimum grade of C-, and at least one other CMNS or DIAL upper division course with a minimum grade of C-.

CMNS 452 - Race and the Media (4)

Examines the contemporary construction and maintenance of race and ethnicity, through movies, music, and the Internet. Provides grounding in scholarship on media, race, ethnicity, and identity. Explores the historical role of entertainment in racialization. Investigates contemporary issues and forms of media and race. Prerequisite: 75 units including one of CMNS 202 (or 262), 220, 221, 223 (or 223W), with a minimum grade of C-, and at least two CMNS upper division courses with a minimum grade of C-. Students who have taken CMNS 486 with subtitle "Race and the Media" cannot take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Tahmina Inoyatova
We 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
D101 Leng An Chia
We 1:30 PM – 2:20 PM
HCC 1800, Vancouver
ENGL 470W - Seminar in the English Language (4)

Advanced seminar in linguistic, pragmatic, historical and social theories of the English language. Prerequisite: 45 units including at least one upper division English course, or permission of instructor. Reserved for English honours, major, joint major and minor students. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught, though students who obtained credit for English 470W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Students with credit for ENGL 470 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Alys Avalos Rivera
We, Fr 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
BLU 11911, Burnaby
ENGL 475W - Seminar in Rhetoric (4)

Advanced seminar in a particular topic, approach, or author in the field of rhetoric and writing. The course may be repeated for credit if a different topic is taught. Prerequisite: 45 units. Strongly recommended: ENGL 214 or 375. Reserved for English honours, major, joint major and minor students. Students with credit for ENGL 475 may not take this course for further credit. Students who obtained credit for ENGL 475W prior to Summer 2015 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Of the seven required courses, a minimum of three must be in the Department of English. Substitutions may be approved on a case-by-case basis by the advisor.