- Course Number:
- PHL 191
- Course Title:
- Analysis & Evaluation of Argument
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Course DescriptionIdentifies and analyzes arguments by 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. Illustrates common reasoning errors involving fallacies and provides logical alternatives. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
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 ones 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 ones own point of view when engaging in conversations with others.
Course Activities and Design
The course will be conducted in both the standard classroom and distance learning settings. 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 classes.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)