A new course, being offered at Mt. Holyoke College, is called: Politics 361: Politics & Rhetoric, and will be taught by Prof. Liz Markovits. The course is intended for Juniors and Seniors, although Sophomores with the appropriate previous coursework may be admitted if there is room.
A description of this course:
People have long accused politicians of using rhetoric to pander to audiences and get what they want regardless of the truth. But democratic politics depends on communication to persuade and motivate others. In this course, we will analyze classical writings on rhetoric, contemporary democratic political theory, and hear from professionals in order to probe the relationship between rhetoric and politics. Students will also engage in an extended campaign simulation, in which they devise, implement, and react to campaign rhetorical strategies; our guest professionals will also be involved in the simulation.
As mentioned, this course will have guests, who will include:
- Ashley O’Connor, Director of Advertising, Romney 2012 (MHC Alum)
- Catherine Cromwell, Cromwell Public Affairs (RI) (MHC Alum)
- Michael Huffman, author of We’re With Nobody (Morrow, 2012)
- Mark Watts, Abacus Associates (MA)
- Elanie Pluta, former Mayor of Holyoke
- Priti Rao, MA Women’s Political Caucus
- Karen Middleton, Emerge America
The course will meet weekly, with a required 4th hour. This will involve a group meeting time to work together.
In the first part of the semester, the fourth hour will give the entire class time to learn technical skills that will be critical during the latter part of the course.
You can email Prof. Liz Markovits (email@example.com) with questions or to request registration permission. You should include a list of relevant coursework in your registration email.