Course: Critical Argumentation and Scholarship

HC 399H

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

This course prepares students to better form, present, critique and defend arguments before academic audiences. Students finishing the course understand and apply elements that influence the effectiveness of arguments delivered orally in academic contexts through a combination of lectures, readings, and intensive practice, preparation, and faculty and peer feedback. Students learn how to articulate their academic work with confidence. Students tasked with presenting their own work in other classes or preparing to defend honors college theses will have the opportunity to apply course concepts to perfect their own presentations.

This course includes significant active learning opportunities for students through individual speeches, participating in academic debates, and presenting work such as a thesis or major project.