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ASAN 465

The power of persuasion…

ENG 306: Argumentative Writing I

Summer 1 (online – two sections)

This course is designed to teach you effective strategies of persuasion common to writing and arguing in public contexts, with a special emphasis on writing for online audiences (on blogs, social media, and DIY publishing platforms). You will explore and apply theories of both contemporary and classical rhetoric, reading and writing as a scholar of persuasion and as a citizen actively invested in specific public issues that are circulating across news and entertainment media. You will write a variety of opinion essays and exploratory inquiries, some of which will be shared with others in the class and others of which will have the option of being published to an online blogsite for which the professor serves as a co-editor.

The course asks students to write, and write a lot; however, the writing is based on issues and arguments that the students are passionate about and invested in, even issues that might be considered to be "merely" a part of pop culture. Students will have the option to (anonymously if they wish) publish their written arguments to an online venue edited by the professor. In the past, students publishing their work for the course have been offered jobs in marketing and journalism, and/or they’ve been able to highlight their published work in resumes and applications for various jobs and/or advanced programs of study.

Fulfills the general education requirement: WI
Also fulfills a 300-level breadth of field requirement for the English Major; and elective writing credits for other colleges, such as the Shidler College of Business.

About the Instructor
Daphne Desser teaches graduate courses in rhetoric and composition. Seminar topics have included globalization and composition studies, "minority" rhetorics, and rhetorics of social movements. She has taught undergraduate courses in rhetorical traditions, legal rhetoric, argumentative writing, and writing pedagogy. Daphne has been active in writing program administration, having served as director of Rhetoric and Composition, director of First-Year Writing, director of the Writing Center, director of the Portfolio Placement Program, as well as director the former English 100/101 tutoring program and the current Mentoring program. She currently serves as the Director of Rhetoric and Composition in the academic year of 2017-2018. Her academic writing explores various aspects of identity construction and negotiation in such diverse writing contexts as electronic media, computer games, family letters, and the composition classroom. She is a recipient of the Chancellorʻs Citation for Meritorious Teaching.

For inquiries about the course, email or call (808) 956- 7619.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 21 – June 29, 2018
  • Summer 2
    July 2 – August 10, 2018
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 21 – August 10, 2018

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 13
    UHM Continuing
    March 14
    New or Visiting
    March 20

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221