ENGL 002M. Medical Writing and Rhetoric

This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field of medical humanities and typical genres of writing within medicine. By analyzing texts and narratives by physicians and other medical practitioners, students will identify and assess rhetorical strategies used in medicine to communicate with specialist and non-specialist audiences. By composing their own patient or witness narratives, students will further develop a repertoire of effective rhetorical techniques to engage both a scholarly and broader civic audience. In parallel with the focus on texts from within health professions, students will explore representations of medical (mal)practice from popular culture to interrogate dominant myths-perpetuated through visual, digital, and written media-that inform the social and rhetorical contexts of medical discourse. Close reading, seminar discussion, writing exercises, group workshops, and communication projects, including a research paper, will give students the opportunity to strengthen their critical writing skills and modes of inquiry in line with discipline-specific conventions.
1 credit.

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