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Not too easy. Not too difficult.
First of all, I really like how this class was structured. There was one large lecture a week in which that weeks focus points were discussed. Then there were two recitations in smaller groups throughout the week where the nitty gritty of the topics were discussed. There were only two public speaking assignments: one was an individual persuasive speech and the other was a group debate, which actually ended up being fun. The instructor I had for recitation (Rosenberg) challenged my thought processes. It wasn't always easy and comfortable, but now I see that it made me a better communicator. The expectation he had was to learn at least ONE thing all term, which I can happily say I exceeded.
I took this course to challenge myself as a communicator. I wanted to develop better arguing skills in order to help me in my future career as a cultural activist. I think communication is underrated and that we could all benefit from learning more. This course teaches you the technicalities of argument, but also teaches you how to think critically in the process of arguing. I can say with absolute certainty that I grew as an arguer, communicator, and critical thinker.
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Advice for students:
Obviously, take good notes during lecture and while reading the textbook. I would advise reading the textbook prior to lecture as lecture moves pretty fast. There are lecture quizzes randomly dispersed throughout the term, so make sure you attend (that's also where thorough notes come in handy.) You get out of this course what you put into it, so commit to your learning.