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How to Speak in Public for the Rights of Others

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль


Course Syllabus


The course introduces communicative practices of public policy, starting with the basic notion of dialogue represented as the form of existence of discursive practices in the public sphere. Discourse is understood as a social ideologically loaded speech activity. The course teaches how to develop the public dialogue to advocate human rights in а politically sensitive environment, how to initiate and conduct a public communication on specified topic in order to reach a goal. The analysis of the political discourse shows the correlation between actor’s political status and influence and quality of public dialogue conducted. Using the linguo-pragmatic approach to the estimation of discursive practices in public policy, students will get the skills to specify prospective directions for the improvement and development of public dialogue in terms of civic activity and interaction between civic society and authorities. Analyzing the structure of discourse, students will learn to identify the discourse of exclusion and to distinguish mechanisms and technologies of othering: categorization, paternalism, segregation, assimilation. Students will assess the rhetorical model of human rights movement, its language and values within the dialogue between participants representing confronting worldviews. The course focuses not only on the analysis of the existing practices, it also shows the methods of introducing new notions and new attitudes to the society: how to shift the agenda, how to explain and argue new values. The course pays much attention to techniques of policy reasoning and to the theory and practice of argumentation. This course is designed for the international group of students which includes participants originating from the developing societies as well as from the transition economy. For these regions the question of othering and inequality still is a pivotal issue, and the course will highlight the basic techniques of starting and conducting the public debate which could change the order of things.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • - to show the possibilities of philology in the analysis and estimation of public policy, revealing the correlation between actor’s political status and influence and quality of public dialogue conducted; - to use linguo-pragmatic approach to the estimation of discursive practices in public policy and linguistic foundations for political actorness; - to provide analysis and skills on how to advocate human rights in politically sensitive environment; - to specify prospective directions for the improvement and development of public dialogue in terms of civic activity and interaction between civic society and authorities.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of theoretical concepts of the course
  • Aquaintance with the basic approaches to discourse analysis
  • Acquaitance with the frames of othering discourse
  • Ability to reveal the arguments in the policy making process
  • Practical skills of development of the desired discorse
  • Practical skills of the reframing of the discourse
  • Skills to analyse and develop the public dialogue on the minorities rights
  • Understanding of the role of dicoursive interaction related to a conflict
  • Skills to develop the dialogue aiming to cope with the conflict
  • Acquaintance with the best practices of human rights rhetorics
  • Understanding of the national peculiarities of human rights advocacy
  • The ability to apply the received knowledge
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Core issues of the course: public sphere, media sphere, dialogue, ideology, discourse, public speech, public discourse, political rhetoric, speech act theory, policy reasoning. N. Chomsky, J. Searle, M. Bakhtin, J. Habermas, T. Van Dijk
  • Theory and practice of public dialogue: theoretical foundations and methods of analysis
  • Others in discourse and othering discourses
  • Argumentative turn in public policy. Public reasoning: strategies and techniques
  • How to establish the discursive influence: approaching the desired actorness. Rhetoric strategies from Cicero to Trump
  • Methods of the reframing of the political dialogue: cases and conclusions
  • Public manifestation of the values of the minorities: how to anticipate the public response
  • Conflict interaction and discourse of conflict. Hegemonic discourse and critical discourse: mediatized dialogue.
  • Contemporary Russian public rhetoric on human rights in global context
  • Dynamics of public dialogue: summarizing the course
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking эссе
  • non-blocking in class assignment
  • non-blocking home task reported in class
  • non-blocking Presentation of the essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.1 * home task reported in class + 0.1 * in class assignment + 0.4 * Presentation of the essay + 0.4 * эссе


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bindman, E. (2010). The EU’s human rights policy in Russia : more than rhetoric? / Eleanor Bindman. London: Open Democracy. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389449458
  • Frank Fischer, & John Forester. (n.d.). The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning The Argumentative Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning Edited by. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.4A8F9C6
  • Gusti Ayu Made Suartika, & Julie Nichols. (2019). Reframing the Vernacular: Politics, Semiotics, and Representation (Vol. 1st ed. 2020). Cham: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2284840
  • Herman Parret. (2019). Language and Discourse (Vol. Reprint 2019). Berlin/Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2039980
  • Hiebert, D. (2018). A Call for Civility in Public Dialogue. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.AE2FFFD9
  • Iwilade, A. (2012). “Green” or “red”? : Reframing the environmental discourse in Nigeria / Akin Iwilade. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.401359441
  • Malloy, T. H. . (DE-588)1047658313, (DE-576)189077417. (2010). National minorities in the 21st century Europe : new discourses, new narratives? / Tove H. Malloy. Flensburg: European Centre for Minority Issues. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389427527
  • Mare Koit. (2018). Reasoning and communicative strategies in a model of argument-based negotiation. Journal of Information and Telecommunication, (3), 291. https://doi.org/10.1080/24751839.2018.1448504
  • Mayes, C., Lipworth, W., & Kerridge, I. (2016). Declarations, accusations and judgement: examining conflict of interest discourses as performative speech-acts. Medicine, Health Care, And Philosophy, 19(3), 455–462. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11019-016-9703-8
  • Michael Loadenthal. (2019). Othering Terrorism: A Rhetorical Strategy of Strategic Labeling. Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal, (2), 74. https://doi.org/10.5038/1911-9933.13.2.1704
  • Paul Goren. (2004). Political sophistication and policy reasoning: A reconsideration. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.3B02AA79
  • Rudolf, P. (2004). The “ strategy of freedom” in the Middle East : the rhetoric and reality of US policy / Peter Rudolf. Berlin: SWP. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.389738883
  • Saqipi, B. (2019). Understanding the Relation of Policy Discourse and Reconceptualising Curriculum: A Kosovo Perspective on a New Meaning of Context. Center for Educational Policy Studies Journal, 9(2), 33–52. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=eric&AN=EJ1220071
  • Trafford, J. (2017). Meaning in Dialogue : An Interactive Approach to Logic and Reasoning. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1356051
  • Trent, D. L. . V. (DE-588)116246965X, (DE-576)507423550, aut. (2018). Many voices, many hands : widening participatory dialogue to improve diplomacy’s impact / Deborah L. Trent. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.507423798

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Mirella Pasini. (2019). An introduction to the proceedings of the conference “‘Us’ vs. ‘Them’: The rhetoric of ‘othering’ from Aristotle to Frank Westerman.” Nordicum-Mediterraneum, (2), A0. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsdoj&AN=edsdoj.bf35d3ddcb943db96b39f6aac5e5604
  • Waring, H. Z. (2018). Discourse Analysis : The Questions Discourse Analysts Ask and How They Answer Them. New York, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1585455