HC231H: Advocacy and Argumentation

Professor: Trond Jacobsen

4.00 credits

  • CRN 21052: Monday & Wednesday, 1400-1520 @ CHA 202

Rhetoric and argument have been the foundation of a liberal education for more than 2000 years. Students in this class will enhance their abilities in oral advocacy and critical thinking through a deep engagement with leading scholarship and the creative production of sound arguments informed by that scholarship. Many surveys indicate these abilities are among those most prized by employers and graduate programs. Course includes both written and oral assignments, including participating in speaking exercises that are intended for general audiences that all students complete. Students may apply their knowledge against peers from regional institutions in civil debates with students from other institutions using Zoom for two weekend tournaments or submit an original research paper. The proposition that students will examine concerns federal policy options to promote or require affordable housing throughout the United States. An overview of the topic is available here.