COMM 1270: Analysis of Argument
Department of Communication
University of Utah * Spring 2014
Dr. Michael Middleton
Office: LNCO 2525
Office Hours: T 2pm-3pm and by appointment
Jason Jordan, Lab Leader
Office: LNCO 2930A
Office Hours: Wed., 12pm – 1:30pm
Jeremy Weaver, Lab Leader
Office: LNCO 2810
Office Hours: T, 2-3pm & W, 10am-12pm
This course is an introduction to the formal study of argumentation. It is designed to help students be more sensitive to the arguments that surround them in their everyday life, to develop greater skill in understanding and critically assessing those arguments, and to build competence in producing their own arguments. To achieve these goals, the course is structured to teach argumentation skills and abilities by engaging in public arguments about pressing political, social, and legal issues.
• To understand--This course presents basic argumentation concepts and principles of effective argumentation and critical thinking.
• To apply--Over the course of the semester, students will use argumentation concepts to develop reasonable arguments that enhance their critical thinking and communication skills.
• To evaluate--Students will use course concepts to analyze and evaluate public arguments in legal, political, social, and governmental contexts.
• Richard D. Rieke, Malcolm O. Sillars, and Tarla Rai Peterson. Argumentation and Critical
Decision Making. 8th Ed. Boston: Pearson Education, 2013. Print. (ACDM)