University of Vermont

2011-12 Online Catalogue

Courses in Speech (SPCH)

SPCH 011 - Effective Speaking
Fundamentals course in effective, informative, and persuasive public speaking and critical listening. Includes theory and practice.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 031 - Argument & Decision
Inductive, deductive, causal, and analogical reasoning as applied to the speaking situation.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 051 - Persuasion
Human motivation, attitudes, emotion, stereotypes, attention and audience psychology as applied in the speaking situation.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 071 - Fundamentals of Debate
An introduction to intercollegiate debate, students learn basics of argumentation & national debate tournament/cross examination debate. Students travel to tournaments. Prerequisite: SPCH 011.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 072 - Citizen Advocacy & Debate
This course explores citizen advocacy through the vehicle of debating. Students will engage in: preparatory research, in-class debating and discussion, debate adjudication, and public debate.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 082 - African American Rhetoric
Through "Great Speakers" approach, this course utilizes rhetoric criticism to examine, attempt to understand & analyze the advocacy & discourse of African Americans throughout history.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 083 - Rhetoric of Reggae Music
Course examines origins, characteristics, social phenomena, and messages found in African-Caribbean musical form: Reggae. Reggae music is examined as rhetorical and social movement.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 095 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 096 - Introductory Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 171 - Advanced Debate
For students interested in competitive academic debate in the WUDC format. Course offers opportunities to advance debating skills by competing against other college debaters. Prerequisites: SPCH 071 or SPCH 072.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 181 - Presidential Campaign Rhetoric
Students learn about theories, style, construction, strategies, and the criticism and evaluation of rhetoric as applied to the presidential campaign. Prerequisites: SPCH 011, SPCH 031, SPCH 051, SPCH 082, or SPCH 083.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 184 - Rhetoric of Ivan Illich
Course focuses on the non-fiction works of Ivan Illich (1926-2002), who was an influential social critic and questioned the assumptions of our daily lives. Prerequisites: SPCH 011, SPCH 031, or SPCH 051.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 185 - Rhetoric of Terrorism
Examines terrorism through the lens of rhetorical criticism. Students survey approaches to rhetorical criticism, using acquired skills to investigate the rhetoric of terrorism. Prerequisites: SPCH 011, SPCH 031, or SPCH 051.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 197 - Readings and Research
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SPCH 198 - Readings and Research
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SPCH 283 - Seminar
Seminar topics include: Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Advanced Argumentation, Advanced Persuasion, Debate, Interpersonal Communication in Group Interaction, Communication in Conflict Management. Prerequisite: Six hours of speech, of which at least three hours must be at the 100 level. Credits: 3. Fall only.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 284 - Seminar
Seminar topics include: Nonverbal Communication, Rhetorical Criticism, Advanced Argumentation, Advanced Persuasion, Debate, Interpersonal Communication in Group Interaction, Communication in Conflict Management. Prerequisite: Six hours of speech, of which at least three hours must be at the 100 level. Credits: 3. Spring only.
Credits: 3.00
SPCH 295 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 296 - Advanced Special Topics
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Credits: 1.00 to 18.00
SPCH 297 - Readings and Research
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
SPCH 298 - Readings and Research
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Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
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