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Summer Course in Writing and Rhetoric: Digital Rhetoric and Social Action

Stanford University Summer Session
8 weeks
Full time
Summer / Short course

Program description

Summer Course in Writing and Rhetoric: Digital Rhetoric and Social Action

Networked technologies such as social media platforms saturate our daily lives. We use these tools not only to connect with friends, do work, and 'kill time,' but also to fundamentally alter the world around us. Tech-savvy advocates have always leveraged networked technologies to make collective decisions and produce powerful arguments for change. The immense power of these digital rhetorics is made clear by advocacy events such as the umbrella protests and Extinction Rebellion's "die-ins." This writing and research course focuses on digital rhetoric to examine what makes social change 'work' in networked environments (that is, pretty much everywhere). From user experience (UX) to network structure, digital arguments rely on specific features to persuade. Many of these features go unnoticed, as too 'normal' or ubiquitous to be inspected. We 'crack this open,' by investigating what makes advocacy work "IRL," online, and everything in between. Readings, discussions, and student-selected research projects challenge us to dissect how tech impacts arguments. Questions posed in this course include: "how does web platform design influence a TED Talk's impact?" and "what does hashtagging really do to mobilize an audience to take action?" Students consult with the instructor to choose major project topics that interest them.

Course Details

  • Online Format: Both Synchronous & Asynchronous - This course is taught through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous opportunities.

Admission requirements

  • Be at least 18 years of age by the start of the study abroad program
  • Have graduated from high school or secondary school or equivalent
  • Be able to verify fluency in the English language, using one of the methods described in the English Language Proficiency below
  • Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (iBT TOEFL) Minimum score of 95 for the iBT TOEFL, International English Language Testing System: Academic (IELTS: Academic) Minimum overall band score of 7.0, or Cambridge Assessment English Minimum score of 180 on the Cambridge English Advanced, CEFR Level C1.

This program is suitable for undergrad/grad students. 

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Program content

Past topics include: conflict-free microchip initiatives, indigenous rights organizations' use of YouTube, online mental health advocacy, antiracist argument in major news outlets, and smartphone "addiction.

Tuition fees

The total fees for this program is USD 4,700.

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Stanford Summer Session

Stanford University Summer Session invites visiting undergraduate, graduate, and high school students to experience Stanford University during its fourth academic quarter. During the eight-week course, Summer Session students are enrolled in the same courses as matriculated Stanford students, and earn...

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415 Broadway
Academy Hall, Floor 2, 8853
94063 Redwood City California
United States of America

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