2020-2021 Catalog 
    
    Aug 06, 2020  
2020-2021 Catalog

COM 217 - Introduction to Argumentation and Debate


Description: Basic concepts and theories of argumentation. Emphasis on basic argumentation skills and their application to a variety of communication environments.

Prerequisites: Reading Proficiency

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Basic communication theories
  2. Contemporary and historical theories of argumentation
  3. The process of intrapersonal argumentation
  4. Interpersonal conflicts
  5. Basic debate concepts
  6. Effective listening
  7. Formal argumentation environments
  8. Intercultural communication theories

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the processes of argumentation from both contemporary and historical perspectives. (2)
  2. Present oral arguments that would support the adoption or rejection of a proposed belief, attitude or plan of action. (5,8)
  3. Research, analyze and test evidence used in support of a proposition and detect weaknesses in casual and analogous reasoning. (5,7) 
  4. Describe the elements and aspects of the critical thinking processes. (1,3)
  5. Critically process and communicate information through writing, reading, speaking, viewing and listening activities. (1,4,6)
  6. Define and create effective solutions to problems. (3,7) 
  7. Recognize that closure is not always achieved in intellectual discourse. (1)
  8. Formulate and articulate informed choices based on refined critical thinking skills. (3,4,7)
  9. Construct pertinent questions. (5,6)
  10. Apply critical thinking skills when assessing philosophical, scientific, societal, and individual issues. (1,2,4,7,8)