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Listen *Speak *Engage San José State University Communication Studies COMM 40, Argumentation and Advocacy, Section 1, (23100) Spring 2010 Instructor: Elizabeth S. Harris Office Location: Clark 240 E Telephone: (408)924-5395 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: M/W 7-7:30am, M 2-6pm and by appointment Class Days/Time: Monday & Wednesday 7:30-8:45am Classroom: Clark 243 GE/SJSU Studies Category: GE: A1 Course Description Principles of inquiry and advocacy in public discussion and necessary basic skills for intelligent participation in discussion and debate . Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives The goals of this course are to provide students with the basic skills necessary for intelligent participation in discussion and debate in a democratic society by enabling them to investigate issues of public policy, to analyze and develop arguments and evidence related to such issues, and employ such arguments in effective oral advocacy by delivering clear and well structured persuasive presentations, defending and critiquing positions on such issues . GE/SJSU Studies Learning Outcomes (LO), Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO1. Identify and assess socially significant and intellectual topics, then compose and deliver extemporaneous oral presentations on those topics. LO2. Engage in critical and analytical listening LO3. Analyze audiences, adapt oral presentations to audiences and use that information to accomplish the purpose of the speech. LO4. Assume the ethical responsibilities of the public speaker, including basic understanding of the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the access and use of information. COMM 40, Argument & Advocacy, Spring 2010 Page 1 of 7
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Listen *Speak *Engage Course Content Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: LO5. Understand and analyze issues involving a variety of aspects of social and cultural diversity LO6. Construct and evaluate persuasive arguments, supported by credible evidence related to public issues LO7. Orally deliver such presentations effectively to live audiences in the context of at least one persuasive speech and two debates, from full sentence outlines and notes which enable the speaker to adapt the precise formulation of arguments in clear language to the concrete speaking situation. Required Texts/Readings Textbook Ziegelmeuller, G. W. & Kay, J. (1997).Argumentation: Inquiry & advocacy. ( 3 rd . Ed. ).Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon. ISBN 0-13-088774-9 Other Readings Daily reading of a nationally recognized newspaper, especially the Editorial/Commentary/Letters-to-the-Editor section. Clip and save those articles that interest you. This will help you decide on a speech topic and may assist you in your research.
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