Communication and Culture | Argumentation and Advocacy
C228 | 1059 | Darrel Enck-Wanzer


C228 is a course designed to familiarize students with both the
theoretical and pragmatic uses of argument. Just as the nature of
argumentation is complex and multifaceted, so are the theories and
practices individuals will encounter throughout the semester.
Participants are exposed to theories of language, value assessment,
reasoning and evidence, and credibility. These concepts will be
explored in detail, often by applying them to various elements of the
so-called "public sphere." In order to stress the changing and dynamic
nature of argument, this class will underscore the manner in which
various audiences produce, employ, and are persuaded by differing
forms of argumentation.

Students will examine a variety of cultural texts ranging from
political oratory and legal discourse, to social movements
argumentation and MTV. Numerous written and speaking assignments will
allow participants the opportunity to enact the attitudes and skills
they acquire over the duration of the semester.