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CAS 215 - Argumentation

"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government... " --Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, 1789. ME 7:253    Democracy depends on an informed electorate who engage in critical thinking so as to hold in check potential abuses of power.  Understanding argumentation provides students with the ability to critically assess and create effective discourse.

Course Objectives

  1. to understand the significant role argumentation plays in public and private discourse.
  2. to research, gather and organize supporting material into argumentative discourse so as to become a skilled advocate.
  3. to be an effective critic of argumentative discourse.
  4. to be familiar with the physical and virtual PSU libraries.