Texas Tech University

Rhetorics of Science and Healthcare

Consideration of discourse and communication within scientific, technical, and medical fields.

Courses

Of the 27 graduate courses available in the TCR program, the following focus especially on rhetorics of science and healthcare:

5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature. The foundational, canonical course for the emphasis. It deals with rhetorical critique of classic science arguments, such as Darwin's Origin of the Species. It also introduces ideas developed further in the specialty courses.

5386 Discourse and Social Issues. Especially when it is taught with a focus on social issues also being those of a scientific nature (e.g. environmental, risk communication, classification, etc.).

5369 Discourse and Technology. Especially when it is taught with a focus on documentation of technology as used in the medical profession or in other applications of science.

5382 Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine. Current theory and research in the written discourses of health and medicine, focusing on the roles of technical and professional.

Note: All courses may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

Selected Dissertation and Publication Titles

  • The making of knowledge in science: Case studies of paleontology illustration.
  • Metaphor and Knowledge: The Challenges of Writing Science.
  • "Optimism and Pessimism on the High Plains: A Tale of Archaeological Reports."
  • 'You Just Don't See Enough Normal': Critical Perspectives on Infant-Feeding Discourse and Practice."
  • "Understanding Women's Concerns in the International Setting Through the Lens of Science and Technology."
  • "The Medical Normalization of Abnormal Bodies: Intersex and Resistance."
  • "Artificial Intelligence as a Discursive Practice: The Case of Embodied Software Agent Systems."