May 14, 2018
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
This course offers instruction in argumentation and critical writing, critical thinking, analytical evaluation of primarily non-fiction texts, research strategies, information literacy, and documentation
Successful completion of college-level composition (C-ID ENGL 100)
Develop writing and reading skills for logical reasoning and argumentation.
Minimum 5,000 words of formal writing.
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
- Critically read, analyze, compare, and evaluate complex, diverse non-fiction texts
- Demonstrate understanding of formal and informal fallacies in language and thought
- Identify a text's premises and assumptions in various social, historical, cultural, psychological, or aesthetic contexts
- Analyze and employ logical and structural methods such as inductive and deductive reasoning, cause and effect, and logos, ethos, and pathos.
- Compose thesis-driven arguments to suit a variety of rhetorical situations, including interpretation, evaluation, and analysis, and support them with a variety of appropriate textual evidence and examples
- Find, analyze, interpret, and evaluate primary and secondary sources, incorporating them into written essays using MLA documentation format without plagiarism
- Use style, diction, and tone appropriate to a diverse academic community and the purpose of the specific writing task; proofread, edit, and revise essays so English grammar, usage, or punctuation does not impede clarity
Primarily documented, written papers.
Additional writing and other assignments may include a balance of essay exams, class discussion, oral presentations, tests, and quizzes.
Critical Thinking Textbooks and/or Open Educational Resources (OER), respective of culturally diverse perspectives, such as the following (most recent editions):
Rottenberg, Annette. The Elements of Argument. Bedford/St, Martins.
Salmon, Merrilee. Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking. Harcourt
Paul, Richard, and Linda Elder. Critical Thinking. Prentice Hall.
Chaffee, John. Thinking Critically. Wadsworth.
Barnet, Sylvan. Current Issues and Enduring Questions. Bedford/St. Martins.
Other appropriate texts may include the following:
Open Educational Resources (OER) materials
Anthologies of shorter essays or other works addressing relevant issues or topics
Book length works of non-fiction
A standard handbook on writing and documentation
July 09, 2021
1st Apprv: 5/3/12