Argument is something that is part of our everyday lives as citizens. The course requires students to learn about argumentation both conceptually and practically. Students study the components of arguments, including claims, evidence, reasoning, and fallacies and learn how to apply course concepts to critique others’ arguments and compose their own written and oral arguments. Students learn about the elements of argumentation in policy debate. Limited enrollment. No prior speaking experience is necessary.
This course is designed to enhance students’ ability to construct and critique arguments through a combination of theory, critical analysis, and practice. The course makes use of both lecture and experiential learning approaches to engage students in formal and informal modes of argumentation. Students learn material through a letter to the editor assignment, exams, group projects and a debate.
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