Program for Writing and Rhetoric, University of Colorado • Summer 2017
This interdisciplinary hybrid course teaches principles of academic writing by examining contemporary issues of international politics, which challenge students to engage difficult texts in normative political theory. Students will explore the rights of migrants and refugees, global poverty and theories of distributive justice, moral culpability for environmental injustices, and humanitarian intervention and the ethical duty to prevent genocidal violence. Through course readings, independent research, and various writing assignments, students will critically evaluate diverse moral arguments in these different issue-areas, and will critique proposed solutions to these prevailing injustices. In having students apply lessons of rhetorical analysis learned in the classroom to real world states of affairs and complex ethical problems, this course strives to motivate students to think beyond themselves and their own interests, to appreciate the hardships others endure, and to develop a sense of civic responsibility toward victims of injustice.
The first three weeks of this hybrid course will consist in traditional in-class lectures, discussions, and class assignments; whereas the last two weeks will consist in independent and collaborative online work.