ComS 168 Course Objectives


Explore the basic theoretical issues related to doing rhetorical criticism.

Know the basic vocabulary of at least three methods of analysis ("search models")

Know how to use search models for initiating and carrying out significant rhetorical criticism


Develop expertise in writing significant critical analysis

Develop expertise in application of a variety of methods of analysis (search models)

Develop rationale for your choices as a critic

Develop skills in rigorous argument

Develop skills in monitoring your own thinking as a critic


Understand and justify the value of personal engagement with a message as a catalyst for insight.

Value criticism as a significant and important "way of knowing."