Application of advanced study in argumentation theory, particularly procedural standards of rationality developed in recent argumentation studies, to selected public policy controversies.
In this course, you will explore important concepts in rhetoric and in argumentation theory, and you will practice reasoning, speaking, and writing as ways to develop fruitful and constructive questions and build fitting and convincing arguments. You will gain higher skills in discovering the kinds of arguments that can be made on different sides of an issue. You will learn how it is possible to address complicated and diverse audiences appropriately and effectively. You will also practice reasoning, speaking, and writing with the goal of developing the habits of mind and heart that allow controversies to be settled equitably and fairly. Be prepared to think and speak on your feet in class, to work in groups, to participate in debate, and to learn by practice and in part by trial and error. The focus for our work and our shared knowledge base this term will be: the goals of education and human development. Readings will include Martha Nussbaum’s Creating Capabilities: The Human Development Approach, and various selections from the history of rhetoric, argumentation theory, and writings and documents on education and human development.
Theory/Rhetoric courses teach media theory, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
The interdisciplinary minor in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning offers students a coherent program of courses that strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This minor is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.
Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning Certificate courses strengthen students' abilities to write well, to speak effectively in public, and to think critically. This certificate program is built on courses in English, Writing, and Philosophy and is taught by professors from English, Philosophy, and the Honors College.