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This course provides a thorough and sophisticated description and analysis of rhetoric, and in the process brings out the positive value of rhetoric as a fundamental and unavoidable tool for thought, reasoning, and communication in all contexts, including participatory social discourse. This is in contrast to the usual negative understanding of rhetoric as merely self-serving spin. For more details on the course content, I suggest looking at TTC's course description, since it describes the course perfectly.
Based on the course's content, as one might expect, the information this course conveys is both intellectually enriching and practical. And it's fairly unique in the sense that you won't likely run across it in general reading or other courses (it was certainly new to me). In fact, I found the course so interesting that I wound up buying several of the recommended books to pursue the topic further.
As far as the presentation of the material, one would hope that a communication professor would communicate effectively, and indeed he does. Zarefsky is well organized, very clear, has a good pace, and demonstrates enthusiasm for the subject. Because of the course's depth and sophistication, the material isn't always easy to grasp, but Zarefsky certainly makes it as easy as any lecturer could.
I would rate this course among the handful of TTC's most valuable courses, and so I highly recommend it to everyone. I've gone through the course twice already and will surely do so again. (By the way, this course is FAR superior to TTC's "Tools of Thinking" course, which I consider to be mediocre at best.)
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