NJII_760A Rhetoric

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2021
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Johannes Benjamin Köck, BA, MA (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Jiřina Malá, CSc. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Iva Zündorf, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jiřina Malá, CSc.
Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: PhDr. Zdeněk Mareček, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of German, Scandinavian and Netherland Studies - Faculty of Arts
The requirement for the participation in this class is a completed bachelor degree in german language or a comparable field of study.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The main aim of the course is a basic introduction into the field of rhetoric in a theoretical and practical context.
Learning outcomes
After having completed the class, the student is able to:
- comprehend the correlations between form and content of rhetorical texts
- apply learned rhetorical skills on his/her own
- analyse speeches and videos according to different criteria
- train independently his/her voice
- to lead and moderate conversations
- to plan and give a speech
  • Syllabus:
  • 1. Do we need rhetoric? And if yes, what kind of it?
  • 2. Video analysis and evaluation of famous speeches
  • 3. Voice training and elocution
  • 4. Speakers presence, facial expression, gestures and body language
  • 5. Techniques of presentation
  • 6. Storytelling and interaction with the audience
  • 7. Inclusive and exclusive manners of presentation
  • 8. Moderation and handling of discussions
  • Die Macht und das Wort : Politik, Rhetorik, Propaganda im Spiegel lateinischer Texte ; Rostra : Politik und Rhetorik von der Antike bis heute. Edited by Renate Oswald - Werner Müller - Wolfgang Schepelmann. 1. Auflage. Wien: Braumüller, 2011. viii, 92. ISBN 9783700317463. info
  • UEDING, Gert. Moderne Rhetorik : von der Aufklärung bis zur Gegenwart. 2. Aufl. München: C.H. Beck, 2009. 134 s. ISBN 9783406447341. info
  • BENTHIEN, Claudia. Barockes Schweigen : Rhetorik und Performativität des Sprachlosen im 17. Jahrhundert. München: Wilhelm Fink, 2006. 463 s. ISBN 3770542363. info
  • WESSELY, Katharina. Der Einsatz nationalistischer Rhetorik in den Theaterkrisen der deutschen Theater in der ersten Tschechoslowakischen Republik. In O divadle na Moravě a ve Slezsku II. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2004. p. 74-85, 12 pp. ISBN 80-244-0925-9. info
  • KNAPE, Joachim. Allgemeine Rhetorik : Stationen der Theoriegeschichte. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam jun., 2000. 340 s. ISBN 3150180457. info
  • FUHRMANN, Manfred. Die antike Rhetorik : eine Einführung. 4. Aufl. Zürich: Artemis, 1995. 160 s. ISBN 3760813046. info
  • LAUSBERG, Heinrich. Handbuch der literarischen Rhetorik : eine Grundlegung der Literaturwissenschaft. Edited by Arnold Arens. 3. Aufl. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 1990. 983 s. ISBN 3515055037. info
  • HAFT, Fritjof. Juristische Rhetorik. 4., um ein Nachwort erw. Auf. Freiburg: Alber, 1990. 214 s. ISBN 3495476881. info
  • HUNGER, Herbert. Aspekte der griechischen Rhetorik von Gorgias bis zum Untergang von Byzanz. Wien: Hermann Böhlaus Nachf., 1972. 27 s. ISBN 3205036697. info
Teaching methods
This course is designed as a workshop. For this reason active participation in the lessons (excercises, simulations) is required. Therefore the course can only be accomplished with a minimum attendance of 75%.
Assessment methods
The seminar is going to be completed with and oral contribution (e.g. presentation, speech) at the end of the semester.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught annually.
The course is taught: every week.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2021, recent)
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