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Department of English | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

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: Two 100 division English courses.

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. Students with credit for CMNS 304 may not take this course for further credit. Writing.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Karrmen Crey
Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
AQ 3154, Burnaby
D101 Th 3:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D102 Th 4:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D103 Th 5:30 PM – 6:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
D104 Th 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
SSCK 8652, 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.

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.

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: Two 100 division English courses and 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.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Peter Cramer
Mo 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
ENGL 375 - Studies in Rhetoric (4)

Advanced study in the theory and/or history of rhetoric. Prerequisite: Two 100 division English courses, and 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)

An introduction to language in its social and cultural dimensions. Students who have taken LING 260 prior to Fall 2008 may not take LING 160 for further credit. Breadth-Social Sciences.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Suzanne Hilgendorf
Tu 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Th 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
RCB 8100, Burnaby
AQ 3153, Burnaby
D900 Mohsen Moghaddam
Mo 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SUR 5140, Surrey
PHIL 344 - 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. Prerequisite: Either one of: PHIL 201 or 203; or both of PHIL 100W (or equivalent) and COGS 200.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Martin Hahn
We 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
WMC 3253, Burnaby
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. Students with credit for CMNS 486 under this topic may not take this course for further credit.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
D100 Fr 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
HCC 2540, Vancouver
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, and at least one other CMNS or DIAL upper division course.

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), and at least two CMNS upper division courses. 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 Karrmen Crey
Tu 11:30 AM – 2:20 PM
SSCK 8652, Burnaby
ENGL 470W - Studies in the English Language (4)

Focussed studies within 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 Peter Cramer
Th 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
WMC 2531, Burnaby
ENGL 475W - Topics in Rhetoric (4)

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.