COMM 114 : Argumentation and Critical Discourse
Standard letter grades
Contact hours total
Explores theories of argumentation. Develops skills of inquiry and advocacy through oral and written discourse, including critical analysis and rules of evidence. Practices planning, constructing and delivering persuasive arguments in a variety of extemporaneous formats.
1. Choose and apply ethical rhetorical communication behaviors appropriate to the audience and the situation.
2. Identify and model concepts in the study of persuasion, argumentation, and debate, such as knowing the types of propositions, the sides of a controversial issue, and how to use opposition arguments.
3. Conduct and document research and analyze the quality of all researched sources and information.
4. Analyze controversies and determine the motives within conflict situations, as well as the accuracy of assertions.
5. Recognize and respond to discourse that contains logical fallacies and specious arguments.
6. Analyze and use mathematical information in arguments and present mathematical information appropriately to audiences.
1. Definitions of Argument
a. Making vs. Having an Argument
2. Purposes of Argument
3. Elements of Argument
d. Linking Arguments
4. Perspectives on Argument
a. Traditional Argument Theory
ii. Evaluation of Evidence/Premise
b. Toulmin Logic
c. Post-Modern Argument Theory
i. Dialectical Criteria
ii. Media Influence on Messages
iv. Appeals to Fear and Pity
v. Ad Hominem
vi. Ad Populum
vii. Opinion Polling
viii. Persuasive Definition
5. Forms of Debate
d. Rhetorical Criticism
Textbook, traditional media--pen, pencil and paper.
Grades will be determined by exams, final paper, research project and class participation.
General education/Related instruction lists
- Foundational Skills/Oral Communication