Critical Indigenous Studies: Rhetoric in a Complex World

Spring 2021
Native Pathways - Olympia
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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Native Pathways Program students register using CRN 30092. All other students use CRN 30093. 

This class will focus on public rhetoric. This is an intensive research and writing course designed to develop effective persuasive essays in a public voice (written and visual). Students will expand on skills and knowledge gained in either or both Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS) fall and winter courses – and requires a student to have earned full credit in at least one of the previous CIS courses. The rise of technology and social media as modes of communication have brought rhetoric more prominently into our lives, creating complex structures of understanding and disseminating information. We will be practicing how to navigate rhetoric in our lives and academic works through both an Indigenous lens and cognitive lens. This is an inclusive environment for any student wanting to strengthen their skills in research, writing & rhetoric, and personal writing style. 

Required technology to be successful:  computer or equivalent, internet connection, access to Canvas and Zoom. Synchronous (live on Canvas/zoom) hours for CIS programs are estimated at 3 hours and asynchronous hours are estimated at 1 hour per week.   Our approach will emphasize participation in synchronous sessions; however, if students find themselves unable to participate due to technology, caregiving obligations, economic disruption, health risk, or illness, they can work with the NPP Director and faculty to pursue alternate options to earn program credit.   



Student must have earned full credit in either Critical Indigenous Studies: Writing Foundations and/or Critical Indigenous Studies: Research Methodologies and Methods

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(4): 30092
(4): 30093

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