Writing and Rhetoric: Designing Meaning

A photo of President Obama's hand pointing to a draft of his healthcare speech, which is marked up with edits.

Pictured here is President Obama's healthcare speech marked with numerous edits. This course will focus on rhetoric and how it is used to inform and shape political and cultural beliefs. (Image is by Pete Souza and in the public domain.)


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Fall 2016



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This course takes rhetoric as a system for designing meaning that helps us understand complex situations and ideas, enlighten and persuade others to act, and thus reshape our world. We’ll study rhetoric systematically and empirically, both analyzing how it works on us as readers, and testing how we can make informed rhetorical choices as we design our own texts.

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Suzanne Lane. 21W.016 Writing and Rhetoric: Designing Meaning. Fall 2016. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, https://ocw.mit.edu. License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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