Public Communications: Public Communications

Course Number
GAFL 5020 002
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Course Description
Successful leaders must be able to convey their integrity and their ideas, their vision and their values clearly and convincingly in public settings. By analyzing great political speeches and affording students the opportunity to prepare and deliver different types of speeches, this course teaches the fundamentals of persuasive public speaking while encouraging students to develop their own voice. This is a performance course. Students will gain skill and confidence in their speech writing and public speaking skills through practice, peer feedback, and extensive professional coaching. Class lectures and discussions will focus on persuasive strategies and techniques for handling community meetings, Q and A sessions, and interactions with the media. 
This is a "hybrid" course, with synchronous, online meetings and once-monthly, on-campus meetings in Philadelphia, PA. Fall 2022 on-campus meetings will be held the following 4 Saturdays from 9:30AM-5:30PM: September 10, October 15, November 12, December 10. Class will also meet Monday evenings from 5:15PM - 6:15PM.