Course Content and Outcome Guide for PHL 191

Course Number:
PHL 191
Course Title:
Analysis & Eval of Argument
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Course Description

Analyzing arguments, recognizing arguments when they occur, discerning simple logical patterns of argument, extracting arguments from the contexts in which they occur, restating them in clear and concise terms and clearing away needless language in formulating arguments. Common reasoning errors involving fallacies are identified and presented with logical alternatives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

There are no prerequisite courses.  The student must be able to read and write fairly well, e.g., must be able to read and comprehend newspaper editorials.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Students completing this course should be able to:

? Distinguish premises from conclusions in arguments in order to critically assess readings from diverse sources.
? Recognize the point of view of the author in order to communicate effectively with others who might have a different opinion from one€™s own.
? Write clear, sympathetic paraphrases of arguments from actual discourse in order to clarify assumptions that people make when proposing conclusions.
? Analyze passages involving complex arguments, multiple arguments and counter arguments in order to understand the complexities within conversations one has with others.
? Write coherent, clear arguments and counterarguments in order to effectively communicate one€™s own point of view when engaging in
conversations with others.

Course Activities and Design

The course will be conducted in the standard classroom setting.  It will involve lectures, discussions, and many short quizzes.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Grades will be based on regular quizzes, homework, and other written material.  Any other requirements will be discussed the first week of

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)