RHE 312: Writing in Digital Environments (UT Austin: Spring 2018)

This course examines how the circulation of news stories (real and fake) in digital environments is rhetorically constructed and distributed across platforms and media. In Writing in Digital Environments, students critically engage with a variety digital environments in which they are already familiar, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, among others. They also become more proficient in the use of digital tools for textual analysis and production, creating multimodal (textual, visual, audio, and video) compositions and publishing them using WordPress.


RHE 309K: Rhetoric of Internet Trolling (UT Austin: Summer 2016, Fall 2016)

This writing course focuses on studying and practicing methods of rhetorical analysis within the contexts of disputed issues of academic, political, or cultural significance.  In Rhetoric of Internet Trolling, students explore how trolling rhetoric poses problems for substantive engagement within specific online communities; analyze how this rhetoric functions within particular venues and disrupts productive discourse; and advocate for solutions to these problems within particular venues and online communities.  Throughout this course, students will engage critically with a variety of texts, research credible sources, write and revise thoughtful and well-organized college-level papers, and practice the conventions of academic prose.


RHE 306: Rhetoric and Writing (UT Austin: Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

This  introductory writing course includes instruction in practical reasoning and the principles of rhetoric.  Rhetoric & Writing is a course in argumentation that situates rhetoric as an art of civic discourse. It is designed to enhance students’ ability to analyze the various positions held in any public debate and to advocate their own position effectively. Students will also explore the ethics of argumentation, explaining what it means to “fairly” represent someone with whom they disagree, or how responsibly to address a community with particular values and interests. Students’ work in this course will help them advance the critical writing and reading skills they will need to succeed in courses for their major and university degree.


RWS 200: Rhetoric of Written Arguments in Context (SDSU: Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015)

This writing course includes further practice in writing, reading, and critical thinking. Emphasis on rhetoric of written arguments in context and using multiple sources in writing.  RWS 200 is a course in academic writing and reading, emphasizing the rhetorical analysis of arguments in context. Building on RWS 100, the course asks students to continue the work of articulating the argument a text is making and analyzing elements of the argument. The course asks students to consider the contexts of arguments and to discover what arguments are responding to, both in the sense of what has come before them and in the sense that they are written for an audience in a particular place and time. RWS200 also teaches students to a) evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, b) discover ways of “joining the conversation,” and c) reflect on and analyze their own reading and writing strategies.


RWS 100: Rhetoric of Written Argument (SDSU: Fall 2014)

This introductory writing course approaches writing and reading as critical inquiry, designed to help students undertake university-level writing projects. Focusing on rhetoric of written arguments, students learn to use sources in their writing and make appropriate decisions about structure, cohesion, and rhetorical conventions.  In addition to featuring the basic rules and conventions governing composition and presentation, RWS 100 establishes intellectual frameworks and analytical tools that help students explore, construct, critique, and integrate sophisticated texts.