The Rhetorical Anecdote as an Approach to Teaching Thematic Courses

By:
Dr. Marcia Violet Godich
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The Paradigm (20-30 minutes, could be offered alone for a 30 minute session)

I. Current shift in course syllabi from discipline based to thematic, cross-curriculum courses, encouraging connection rather than isolation.

II. The proposed thematic approach focuses on universal human actions,beginning with an exploration of a rhetorical anecdote,then extrapolating through the perspectives of various disciplines.

III.Paradigm: a class based on the actions of Scapegoating and Witch-Hunting.

(a)The topic approached from historic, socio-political, psychological,religious and literary perspectives. (b)The paradigm: Witch Hunting in 17th century Salem,from the various perspectives above (in a) and exploring the act through context,perpetrators and victims. (c)Student Group explorations of various instances of scapegoating and witch hunting, exploring acts through context, perpetrators and victims. (d)Conclusions and Ramifications generated from class group studies.

Workshop activities (30-40 minutes)

I. Scapegoating and Witchunting: Group exercizes in generating and exploring further examples along the lines set up above.

II. Generating thematic topics: Group brainstorming of different human actions, devloping paradigms, and constructing multidisciplinary, multiperspective approaches to the topics.


Keywords: Rhetorical Anecdote, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Mass Movements, Witch Hunts, Scapegoats
Stream: Teaching and Learning
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr. Marcia Violet Godich

Associate Professor Communication Studies, Department of Communication Studies
School of Arts and Sciences, East Stroudsburg University

East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

Currently I am an Associate Professor of Communication Studies with a focus on rhetoric and cultural studies. Along the way to this point in my biography I have studied astronomy, anthropology, English and theatre. My careers have ranged from costume designer to child welfare worker to teacher and professor. I enjoy travel, and my peregrinations have included working on an archaeological dig in northern England, climbing the Andes and straddling the equator in Equador, studying and exploring the colleges of Oxford, England and Salzburg, Austria (all with with groups of students) hopping trains through New Zealand and boats on the rivers of China. My other consuming interest is in the roots of things (I sound like a hobbit!) ranging from etymology to genealogy.

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