SP 253 - Argumentation And Debate
- Recommended Prep: ENG 100 with ENG 100S or ESL 23 OR Placement in ENG 100
- Recommended Prep: SP 151
Argument as a technique in the investigation of social problems; formal and informal practice in the use of evidence, proof, refutation, and argument. May be taken on a CR/N basis.
3 hrs. lect. per week
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of SP 253, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an increased self-awareness of their own critical thinking and reasoning processes including their biases and inferences.
- Gather research and critically evaluate authoritative evidence to support or oppose a proposition.
- Construct and effectively organize logical and powerful arguments for both sides of the same issue.
- Differentiate between inductive and deductive reasoning as well as other types of arguments.
- Identify and explain logical fallacies in arguments.
- Employ effective listening techniques in order to critically evaluate the plausibility of arguments.
- Ask pertinent questions and respond effectively and appropriately to counterarguments.
- Differentiate between propositions of fact, value, and policy.
- Use appropriate and convincing language while avoiding jargon and "rapid fire" delivery.
- Use powerful and appropriate physical and vocal delivery techniques during each phase of a debate.
- Demonstrate an awareness of contemporary local, national, and global issues.
- Engage in ethical oral argumentation and debate for the purpose of influencing decision makers.
- Demonstrate confidence in their ability to think rapidly on their feet and frame persuasive arguments and responses.
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