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Argumentation and Advocacy (CMST 2010)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course introduces the basic concepts of argumentation, reasoning, and decision-making theory and practice. You will analyze and research contemporary social issues, discuss and critique issues to identify valid and invalid arguments, as well as present your own arguments and positions through oral argument and debate. You will gain knowledge about argumentation theory and principles of valid reasoning, and learn how to formulate positions, present arguments and advocate for a position.

Topical Outline:
1. Basic principles of argumentation
2. Strategies for creating and evaluating valid and invalid arguments, reasoning and refutation strategies
3. Critique contemporary social and political positions on various issues
4. Strategies for advocating a position, formulating propositions, and creating strong well supported well-reasoned positions
5. Research and evaluate credibility of source material
6. Present arguments orally through class discussion, oral presentations and debates

Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand the basic principles of argumentation
2. Demonstrate an ability to create sound arguments and evaluate arguments as valid or invalid
3. Demonstrate an ability to locate, critically evaluate and use credible sources
4. Articulate and defend a position through oral argumentation using effective preparation, organization and presentation skills

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 1300 or completion of READ 0200 or ESOL 0052

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