Rhetoric in Popular Culture
College of Liberal Arts
Rhetorical influences of popular culture; critical interpretation and analysis of print, digital, and visual texts; multi-media technologies; and organizational systems.
Goals and Diversity
MN Goal Course
MN Goal Designation(s)
Recognize the multiple genres and media (e.g., books, film, print, and electronic texts) that constitute popular culture and explain how these artifacts function as cultural representations, performances, and expressions of human experience.
Evaluate how the construction and consumption of popular culture artifacts conveys collective values and group identifications.
Analyze textual and contextual evidence, evaluate popular culture artifacts, and support their conclusions through argument and critical thinking.
Apply rhetorical analysis tools to discriminate between discourses of popular culture that contain reasoning and those discourses that lack reasoning.
Explain how popular culture uses premises, conclusions, and other rhetorical devices to influence their thinking and action.
Critique the rhetorical appeals in popular culture discourse for fallacies of reasoning.
Distinguish between inductive and deductive reasoning in popular culture discourse.
Examine their own group/cultural identifications in relation to popular culture artifacts and to negotiate informed responses to, and interpretations of, those artifacts.