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CAS 175 - Persuasion and Propaganda

This course will explore the distinction—historically and theoretically— between propaganda and persuasion. In this course you will develop a more precise understanding of “propaganda” and the techniques of the propagandist.  Toward this end, we will study the history of propaganda, as well as contemporary cases of public advocacy that raise questions about the distinction between persuasion and propaganda.

Course Objectives

  • Students will develop critical skills necessary to distinguish between persuasion and propaganda as elements of civic life and social change.
  • Students will acquire a historical and theoretical understanding of the relationship between propaganda and persuasion.
  • Students will learn to recognize, describe, and evaluate propaganda in its most representative forms and contexts.