Instructor: Rentz T/R        2:00 – 3:20pm

What do language, power, and community have to do with each other? Everything. Language can support or disrupt structures of power and privilege. It motivates us to act or keeps us from acting. Understanding the power of language can be profoundly empowering. In this course, you will look at a range of communities in our society to explore what special language practices they use and what power relations support those practices. Through analysis, discussion, and writing, you’ll gain an understanding of why people in certain communities express themselves the way they do, how these language practices affect you, and how to join your voice with those of others to work for a common social or professional purpose.