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COMM 020: Argumentation and Debate

Course Description

This course emphasizes the methods and basic principles of critical inquiry, argument, advocacy, as well as classical and dialogical debate structures. Students are introduced to brief preparation, rhetorical theory, testing evidence, evaluating evidence sources, advancing reasoned positions, and effectively presenting and defending those positions. Analysis, presentation, and the evaluation of oral and written arguments are covered including identifying logical fallacies in reasoning and language. This course includes preparing and presenting two or more oral debates within the physical presence of the live classroom audience.

Units: 3

  • Credit - Degree Applicable
  • Transferable to both UC and CSU

Course Details

  • Grade Options: Letter Grade
  • In-Class Lecture Hours: 48 – 54
  • In-Class Lab Hours: 0

Requisites and Advisories

  • Prerequisites: ENGL 905
  • Co-Requisites: None
  • Advisory: None

Transfer Details

  • CSU/UC: Transferable to both UC and CSU
  • WVC GE: A. Language and Rationality: A2 - Communication and Analytical Thinking
  • CSU GE: Area A - English Language Communication and Critical Thinking: A1 - Oral Communication
  • UC/IGETC GE: Area 1 - English Communication: 1C - Oral Communication (CSU requirement only)
  • C-ID: COMM 120 - Argumentation or Argumentation and Debate
Last Updated 7/19/23