WRD 104: Composition & Rhetoric II Rotating Header Image

Contextual Analysis Projects

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9:40 section Contextual Analysis Projects:

  • Kais: What is the current state of musical education in secondary ed?
  • Tanita: What is the current state of LGBT+  rights in Mississippi? 
  • Karolina: What are the rhetorical dimensions of the abortion debate in Poland?
  • Ahtziri: What is the current state of LGBT+ bathrooms & segregation?
  • Madysen: What is the role of women in the US military?
  • Kerrie: Why are there so few women in Computer Science?
  • Amarah: Why are female athletes criticized for their physical appearance?
  • Brennan: What is the relationship between socio-economic status and Methamphetamine production & consumption?
  • Matthew: What is the role of the Vinyl LP in an age of digital music?
  • Schyler: Can “the sorority girl” be a feminist? 
  • Alexandria: What are my generation’s relationships with their smartphones? 
  • Brianna: What causes anxiety?

    Abstract: My research focused on the scientific and social theories for the cause of anxiety disorders. I did this through reading and examining books and articles that claim to understand the cause of anxiety. Since, anxiety has been studied for centuries the theories were conflicting. The largest divide between theorist tends to hinge on whether they believe anxiety is caused by genetic factors, environmental factors, or a mixture of both. Through looking at all of the sources I have come to the conclusion that anxiety disorders are caused by different things for each individual, but are mainly caused by a mixture of natural and environmental factors. My essay puts these theories in conversation with one another in order to try to find the true cause for anxiety.

  • Andres: What are the rhetorical dimensions of the climate change debate? 
  • Ana: What is empathy? 
  • Trang: What is meninism?
  • Ashley: What is masculinity?
  • Geena: What is Street Art? 
  • Skylar: What is the rhetoric of political speechwriting? 
  • Morgan: Why is my generation so stressed out? 
  • Kelsey: What are the contemporary debates and controversies related to dyslexia?
  • Emma: What is the relationship between art and fashion?
    Abstract: Throughout this essay, I discuss the possibilities of the relationship between art and fashion and how it varies from person to person.  I do this by taking from interviews, articles, and even documentaries.  I have compared and contrasted the different opinions of many stars and designers views of fashion such as Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.  I suggest the strong bond between fashion and art by using important names in the fashion industry and their respected views.  Through this I found that people use fashion in many different ways, for example to make a political statement or simply to express their fascination for history. Therefore, I proceed to question how this could be trivial for anyone with an artistic talent or interest when concluded my essay.
  • Evan: What is identity?
  • Christian: What are the contemporary debates and controversies in the field of Pediatrics?
    Abstract: In this essay, contextually analyzed concerning neurotoxicity and anesthetics using multiple sources both scholarly and popular. There were a few popular source articles
    that I used in order to add a general public
    perspective on the debate. On the other hand, there were many scholarly articles
    that I
    analyzed in order to have more concrete and reliable information. The
    rhetoric used followed a trend of ethos and logos. Logos was used more often because many
    researchers and doctors believe logically and it is what
    appeals to the normal popula


1:00 section Contextual Analysis Projects:

  • David: What is “UnAmerican”?
  • Andrei: What is the role of Leadership in the U.S. Presidential campaigns?
  • Ana: What is “Success”?
  • Sam: What is feminism? 

    Abstract: My contextual analysis puts the different sects of feminism in conversation with one another in order to be able to determine what the goals of feminism are, and what they should be going forward. The different sects of feminism I analyze are those of white bourgeois feminism, black feminism, transgender feminism, and Marxist feminism. In this essay, I explore the interests and concerns of each group and how they compare to one another in order to come to a resolution on what feminism is and should be in the modern age.

  • Cullen: What is the role of faith in U.S. Presidential elections?

    Abstract: The purpose of this contextual analysis is to explore the role that faith plays in the US presidential elections. In order to explore this topic, I found multiple scholarly and print media sources that give differing opinions and analysis of the role that faith plays in elections, and how politicians incorporate faith into their rhetoric. I have found that from this information, there are many people who disagree and hold strong opinions on whether or not faith should have a place in modern US politics. However, one thing that most sources could agree on is that the use of faith in elections is very present. I conclude that while whether the role of faith in politics can be argued one way or another, most presidential candidates – regardless of their party – uses faith in their political rhetoric. This rhetoric works very well to sway religious voters, but more and more Americans are beginning to disagree with the way faith can interfere with social issues.

  • Camille: What is the rhetoric of veganism?
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  • Ethan: Where does confidence come from?
  • Gabby: What are the rhetorical dimensions of the abortion debate? 
  • Maggie: What is “sex positive”? 
  • Natalia: Why is Fr. Egan asking me what I do for Justice? What is the role of student activism? Why do people care?
  • Jay: What is the role of women in the US military?
  • Valerie: What is our relationship between the US and North/South Korea?
    The purpose of my contextual analysis is to analyze the relationship between the
    United States and Korea by discussing the rhetoric that different writers use while discussing this
    topic. By using highly credible sources, such as
    The New York Times
    , I was able to clearly depict
    the relationships we have with both North and South Korea. I was also able to explore the source
    of these relationships by researching our involvement in the Korean War. Interestingly enough
    two countries t
    hat were once one could not have more different relationships with the
    United States
  • Natasha: How do liberals and conservatives see the world differently?
    Abstract: Using a ideological framework, I chose to write this contextual analysis to find if there is a difference between the minds of liberals and conservatives. I used scientific journals and book of professionals in this field and articles from newspapers. Although most journals talked about the differences between the two groups, there were some conflicting ideas that people are still people and we are all human. A fascinating notion was that perhaps our definition of morals is a main reason why we lean right or left on the political spectrum. This contextual analysis explores the different theories of the minds of liberals and conservatives.
  • Katelyn: What are “Family Values”?
  • Tia: Why do people compose and share selfies?
  • Charles: Can people be polyamorous? 
  • Nicholas: What reading platforms and environments support slow, deep, contextual, and rhetorical reading practices that result in comprehension? (In addition to asking how we read, we should also ask why we read.)
  • Kiera: What is a millennial? 
  • Amanda: What is at stake when casting for race & ethnicity in theatre and film?

    Abstract: The purpose of this research is to discover what it at stake when casting for race and ethnicity, why directors make those decisions the way that they do, and to imagine what might happen if white actors didn’t simply just get roles handed to them. I did this research by searching for relevant peer reviewed scholarly journals, New York Times articles, and entire books dedicated on the subject. I discovered that the real reason to why movies, tv shows, and plays are casted in such a way is usually not racist, it all comes down to money. No one is going to go to a blockbuster movie with a no-name as the lead, just because they were a different race.

  • Mariana: What is the current state of race relations in Argentina? 
  • Willord: What is the purpose of college?
  • James: What are the benefits and the consequences of gentrification?