Argumentation and Public Advocacy

R228 — Fall 2019

Freya Thimsen
Days and Times
9:30a - 10:45a MW (3 CR)
Course Description

Argumentation techniques are powerful tools that can be used for pure self interest and consolidating power. Good arguments can also promote policies that help people and serve the greater good. As we learn about different kinds of advocacy you will have the chance to develop your own sense of how you would like to use argumentation as a citizen concerned about the common good. You will learn specialized terms to describe how persuasion functions on the surface and deeper lev­els of public culture. Topics may include presidential cam­paign rhetoric, mythologies of the American past, how university research establishes credibility, how nationalist identity fosters political change, and the role of emotion in democracy. You will practice argumentation in friendly classroom debates.

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