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    Feb 09, 2023  
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COM 217 - Argumentation and Debate

(3 units)
Theory and practice of oral argumentative discourse; intensive study of argumentative principles and debate fundamentals; participation in class discussions, speeches and debates.

Grading Basis: Graded
Units of Lecture: 3
Offered: Every Fall and Spring

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. research, gather, and evaluate evidence on current event topics to construct persuasive, extemporaneous public speeches.
2. organize evidence using outlines to prepare arguments appropriate for persuasive speeches.
3. focus the purpose of a speech through articulating a persuasive thesis and adapting content to given audience.
4. deliver extemporaneous persuasive speeches including citation of sources and appropriate nonverbal delivery elements.
5. compentenly and ethically participate in debate using reasoned arguments, developing arguments for one’s own position, and refuting opponent’s arguments.
6. identify public speaking and argument concepts including delivery types, speech types, audience types, argument parts, persuasive appeal types, reasoning structures, and argumentation fallacies.
7. display confidence in presenting arguments for one’s position through preparing and delivering public presentations.


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