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Department of English | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Summer 2024

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 - Foundations of English Grammar (3)
  • PHIL 110 - Introduction to Logic and Reasoning (3)
  • PUB 210W - Professional Writing Workshop (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.

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: 17 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 45 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Steven Malcic
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 8:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D101 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 8:30–9:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D102 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 9:30–10:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D103 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 10:30–11:20 a.m.
Burnaby
D104 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 12:30–1:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D105 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Burnaby
D106 May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Wed, 2:30–3:20 p.m.
Burnaby
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
B900 Dasha Gluhareva
May 6 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.
Surrey
B901 Dasha Gluhareva
TBD
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 100, 100W, or 300, 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: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
B100 Daniel Ahadi
May 7, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
May 14, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
May 21, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
May 28, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Jun 4, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Jun 11, 2024: Tue, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Jun 13, 2024: Thu, 8:30 a.m.–12:20 p.m.
Burnaby
Burnaby
Burnaby
Burnaby
Burnaby
Burnaby
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: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00.

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: 26 CMNS units with a minimum grade of C- or 60 units with a minimum CGPA of 2.00. 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 Victoria Thomas
Jun 25 – Aug 2, 2024: Tue, Thu, 2:30–5:20 p.m.
Burnaby
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.

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.