Module Details

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Title The Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics
Code POLI323
Coordinator Dr AS Roe-Crines
Politics
A.S.Crines@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2020-21 Level 6 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

Understand, describe, and 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

(LO1) The ability to understand, describe and critique the role of oratory and rhetoric in British politics.

(LO2) An understanding of the key theories underscoring political rhetoric.

(LO3) The ability to construct a political speech using the outlined rhetorical theories.

(LO4) To compare and contrast how different political figures use oratorical devices.

(LO5) The ability to demonstrate their awareness of political speechwriting and delivery.

(S1) Develop a more critical understanding of how political elites communicate with the electorate/audience directly and through the media.

(S2) The ability to absorb and examine complex theoretical models and apply them to contemporary politics

(S3) Provide an advanced understanding of the ethical dimensions faced during the communication process.

(S4) Produce political speeches as a way of appreciating how arguments can be constructed.

(S5) Through seminar debates develop persuasive speaking skills

(S6) Develop broader research skills such as the ability to identify relevant political and intellectual information and organise it into a cohesive argument.

(S7) A more sophisticated approach when examining political and academic texts.

(S8) Gain marketable skills that can be applied to a diverse range of career options.


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

Teaching Method 1 - Workshop.
Description: 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.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Each two hour workshop will take place each week.
Unscheduled Directed Student Hours (time spent away from the timetabled sessions but directed by the teaching staff).


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours           22

22
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 128
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Written Speech There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    60       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment.  1,500 words    40       

Recommended Texts

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