Module Details

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Title RHETORIC IN BRITISH POLITICS
Code POLI323
Coordinator Dr AS Crines
Politics
A.S.Crines@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2018-19 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

Understand, describe, ad critique the role of rhetoric and oratory in British politics;

Understand, analyse, and evaluate the theory and practices of rhetoric with a focus on the modes of persuasion;

Understand, analyse, and evaluate political performance with an awareness of social impact;

Understand how to craft a political speech for delivery by high profile political figures.


Learning Outcomes

The ability to understand, describe and critique the role of oratory and rhetoric in British politics.

An understanding of the key theories underscoring political rhetoric.

The ability to construct a political speech using the outlined rhetorical theories.

To compare and contrast how different political figures use oratorical devices.

The ability to demonstrate their awareness of political speechwriting and delivery.


Syllabus

Topics covered during the module may include:

Classical Rhetorical Theory;

Discourse Analysis;

Performance in British Political Arenas;

Constructing Narrative, Persona and Metaphor;

Drivers and Themes of Labour Rhetoric;

Case Studies: Labour Orators;

Drivers and Themes of Conservative Rhetoric;

Case Studies: Conservative Orators;

Rhetoric of UK Nationhoods.

 


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Workshop - This module will be taught in two hour ''workshop'' sessions. The first hour will be a short introductory lecture, the second hour will be a workshop where activities and discussions will drive the learning.

Each two hour workshop will take place each week.


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22
This module will be taught in two hour 'workshop' sessions. The first hour will be a short introductory lecture, the second hour will be a workshop where activities and discussions will drive the learning.
22
Timetable (if known)           Each two hour workshop will take place each week.
 
 
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
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Resit/resubmission
opportunity
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Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Coursework  1,500 words.  Semester 2  40  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Written Speech 
Coursework  2,500 words  Semester 2  60  Yes  Standard UoL penalty applies  Essay Notes (applying to all assessments) Assessment 1 deadline = Friday of week 7; Assignment 2 deadline = Friday of week 12. Reassessment will follow the same format as the original assessment.  

Recommended Texts

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