Critical Thinking and Expository Writing: Up Close and Public: Designing Public Persona

A vital element in giving an effective public performance is presenting a credible persona. In this course, you will examine concepts such as role and identity, speaker credibility, talk and gestures, and audience perception. You will explore the innateness and invention of specific speech traits and behaviours—with a focus on how a public persona is strengthened or attenuated, and shaped—by analyzing various performances (i.e., interview, roundtable discussion, public talk, and the US presidential debate 2012). The course assignments are expected to demonstrate your understanding of these human communication concepts and specific applications of your analysis outcomes in constructing a credible public persona in presentations.

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