Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking

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Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Critical communication skills in writing and public speaking with introduction to American political rhetoric.

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Introduction

In the course on Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking, you will gain critical communication skills in writing and public speaking with the introduction to American political rhetoric.

About this course

We are living in a contentious time in history. Fundamental disagreements on critical policy, economic, and political issues make it essential to learn how to compose an effective argument and to analyze the arguments of others. This ability will help you engage in civil discourse and make needed changes in society. Conveying a convincing message can benefit your personal, public, and professional lives.

The Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking course is an introduction to the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive writing and speech. In it, you will learn to construct and defend compelling arguments, a crucial skill in many settings. We will be using selected speeches from prominent twentieth-century Americans — including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Margaret Chase Smith, Ronald Reagan, and more — to explore and analyze rhetorical structure and style. Through this analysis, you will learn how speakers and writers persuade an audience to adopt their point of view.

Built around Harvard Professor James Engell’s on-campus course, “Elements of Rhetoric,” this course will help you analyze and apply rhetorical structure and style, appreciate the relevance of persuasive communication in your own life, and understand how to persuade and recognize when someone is trying to persuade you. You will be inspired to share your viewpoint and discover the most powerful ways to convince others to champion your cause. Join us to find your voice!

What you will learn?

  • When and how to employ a variety of rhetorical devices in writing and speaking
  • To differentiate between argument and rhetorical technique
  • To write a persuasive opinion editorial and short speech
  • How to evaluate the strength of an argument
  • How to identify logical fallacies in arguments

Syllabus

Module 1. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Introduction to Rhetoric

Module 2. Civil Rights – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Module 3. Gun Control – Sarah Brady and Charlton Heston

Module 4. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Introduction to Oratory

Module 5. The Red Scare – Joseph McCarthy and Margaret Chase Smith

Module 6. Presidential Rhetoric – John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan

Module 7. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Conclusion

Module 8. Full Lectures (Optional)

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  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Books and Manuscripts
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PROS: Great and vivid beginner-level introductory course. Speech examples made the lessons impactful. Helps to develop crucial skill in many settings. Fantastic preview about collaboration

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Introduction

In the course on Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking, you will gain critical communication skills in writing and public speaking with the introduction to American political rhetoric.

About this course

We are living in a contentious time in history. Fundamental disagreements on critical policy, economic, and political issues make it essential to learn how to compose an effective argument and to analyze the arguments of others. This ability will help you engage in civil discourse and make needed changes in society. Conveying a convincing message can benefit your personal, public, and professional lives.

The Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking course is an introduction to the theory and practice of rhetoric, the art of persuasive writing and speech. In it, you will learn to construct and defend compelling arguments, a crucial skill in many settings. We will be using selected speeches from prominent twentieth-century Americans — including Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Margaret Chase Smith, Ronald Reagan, and more — to explore and analyze rhetorical structure and style. Through this analysis, you will learn how speakers and writers persuade an audience to adopt their point of view.

Built around Harvard Professor James Engell’s on-campus course, “Elements of Rhetoric,” this course will help you analyze and apply rhetorical structure and style, appreciate the relevance of persuasive communication in your own life, and understand how to persuade and recognize when someone is trying to persuade you. You will be inspired to share your viewpoint and discover the most powerful ways to convince others to champion your cause. Join us to find your voice!

What you will learn?

  • When and how to employ a variety of rhetorical devices in writing and speaking
  • To differentiate between argument and rhetorical technique
  • To write a persuasive opinion editorial and short speech
  • How to evaluate the strength of an argument
  • How to identify logical fallacies in arguments

Syllabus

Module 1. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Introduction to Rhetoric

Module 2. Civil Rights – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Module 3. Gun Control – Sarah Brady and Charlton Heston

Module 4. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Introduction to Oratory

Module 5. The Red Scare – Joseph McCarthy and Margaret Chase Smith

Module 6. Presidential Rhetoric – John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan

Module 7. Persuasive Writing and Public Speaking: Conclusion

Module 8. Full Lectures (Optional)

Note: Your review matters 

If you have already done this course, kindly drop your review in our reviews section. It would help others to get useful information and better insight into the course offered.

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  • EDX
  • Harvard University
  • Online Course
  • Self-paced
  • Beginner
  • 1-3 Months
  • Free Course (Affordable Certificate)
  • English
  • Books and Manuscripts

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