Detailed study and application of rhetorical theories, including the analysis, evaluation, and production of arguments. Course focuses on formal debate strategies in addition to rhetorical artifacts ranging from classical readings to contemporary discourse. Prerequisite: COMM 110.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered even Spring
Most current editions of the following:
By Larson, Charles (Wadsworth) Recommended
Contemporary American Speeches
By Johannesen, Allen, Linkugel, & Bryan (Kendall Hunt) Recommended
The Rhetorical Act
By Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs (Wadsworth) Recommended
Everything's an Argument
By Lunsford and Ruszkiewics Recommended
Argumentation and Debate
By Freeley and Steinberg Recommended
To explore rhetorical analysis and performance models of public discourse.
To evaluate persuasive techniques based on ethical uses of information and argumentation.
To identify the elements of formal argument.
To increase competency in public speaking situations.
Develop an ethical understanding of reasoning and refutation.
Develop advanced research and organizational skills.
Demonstrate advanced experience in expression and speaking skills.
Develop critical thinking and writing skills as they pertain to formal argumentation.
Gain practical experience in the skills of formal, organized debate patterns.
Demonstrate ethical standards of evaluating persuasive messages.
Debate forms and strategies
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical
outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.