Texas Tech University

TCR Graduate Courses, Fall 2017

Onsite courses

Course Title Instructor Day Time CRN Room
 ENGL 5060: History and Theory of Composition (theory)
 2:00 - 3:20

Hybrid Courses: open to both onsite and online students. All courses meet at CST.

Course Title Instructor Days Time CRN
ENGL 5060: History and Theory of Composition (theory)
 12:00 - 1:20
ENGL 5374:  Technical Editing (applied theory)
 Cargile Cook
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5363: Research Methods in TCR (research methods)
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5361: Rhetorical Theory (theory)
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5391: Grants & Proposals for Nonprofits (applied theory)
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5388: Usability (research methods)
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5385:  Ethics (theory)
 6:00 - 8:50
ENGL 5371: Foundations of TCR (theory)
6:00 - 8:50

Online Courses: all online courses meet at 6-8:50 p.m. CST

Course Title Instructor Days CRN
ENGL 5363: Research Methods in TCR (research methods) Rickly Monday  
ENGL 5390: Writing for Publication (applied) Wilson Wednesday  
ENGL 5371: Foundations of TCR (theory) Baake Thursday 32543
ENGL 5369: Discourse and Technology (theory & applied theory) Baehr Thursday  


ENGL 5385, Ethics

How ought we to make decisions as rhetoricians, technical communicators, educators, and citizens in the world? Traditionally, technical communicators call on ethical frameworks to ensure that they've engaged responsibly with their daily work and projects. But ethical frameworks do not necessarily compel actors to question the justice of their actions. This course explores the ways decisions in environmental, medical, institutional, and political contexts might be both ethical and socially just. We'll explore the relationship between ethics and justice through cases, legal and government reports, and theoretical treatise.
We will read from a range of texts, but expect to order some (if not all) of these books:

Ahmed, S. (2012). On Being Included: Racism & Diversity in Institutional Live. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Davis, A., Barat, F., & West, C. (2016). Freedom is a constant struggle : Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement. Haymarket Books.

Foucault, M., & Rabinow, P. (1984). The Foucault reader. Pantheon Books.

Scott, J. (2003). Risky rhetoric : AIDS and the cultural practices of HIV testing. Southern Illinois University Press.

Skorupski, J. (2010). The Routledge companion to ethics (Routledge philosophy companions). Routledge.

Stein, R. (2004). New perspectives on environmental justice : Gender, sexuality, and activism. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.

Weheliye, A. G. (2014) Habeus Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human.


5384 Rhetoric of Science, Spring 2018

The course is designed to give you an overview of the disciplinary work in rhetoric of science (ROS) and to concentrate on some interesting contemporary issues and intellectual movements. There are some basic themes:

What is the "Rhetoric of Science": How is the field defined? What milestones/issues mark its development? What does the breadth of scholarship in the field look like? Where are the boundaries?

Scientific controversy and disciplinary change: How do scientific disputes get resolved? How does science change? How do scientific "facts" get established and defended? How does science communicate and cooperate across disciplinary and theoretical difference?

Science as a social/material semiotic: How can we understand science as a cultural practice? What role does rhetoric have in managing the cultural authority and power of scientific knowledge?

Science and Citizenship: What is the relationship between science and the average person? How do scientists engage with public policy? How do scientists and non-scientists work together to address public policy issues with technical features? How do we define and negotiate expertise?

We will read selections from early anthologies that establish the field. We will read Randy Allan Harris's edited collection Rhetoric and Incommensurability and Bruno Latour's Pandora's Hope. We will also read recent approaches to the rhetoric of science like Scot Graham's The Politics of Pain Medicine, Krista Teston's Bodies in Flux, and Amanda Booher and Julie Jung's edited collection Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies.

Assignments will likely include short synthesis/response papers on readings, an analysis of the rhetoric of a technical center or program at TTU, and a scholarly paper or equivalent work that meets your needs of your program of study.