Communication and Culture | Argumentation and Advocacy
C228 | 0147 | Staff
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.
Participatns are exposed to theories of language, value assessment,
reasoning and evidence, and credibility. These concepts will be
explored in details, 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.