AP/MODR1770 6.0 B: Techniques of Persuasion
Calendar Description / Prerequisite / Co-Requisite
This is a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, persuasive writing, and strategic argumentation. Examples are drawn from various forms of persuasion including advertising, propaganda and political argument. Course credit exclusions: AP/MODR 1730 6.00, AP/MODR 1760 6.00. Note: This is an approved LA&PS General Education course: Humanities OR Social Science.
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“Techniques of Pursuasion is the version of Modes of Reseaning that touches upon work in the social sciences (at least two), and humanities, outside of philosophy. This is supposed to be a skills-based course focusing on critical thinking, persuasive writing, and strategic argumentation. A topic that will unite our exploration of these themes are philosophies of medtiation from Asia.”
Patañjali. Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra. Penguin 2008. (Available on Kindle. Some hard copies available form instructor.)
Online Readings, linked via Moodle
Participation: 40 %
Annotated Bibliography: 15 %
Essay: 15 %
Two Final Exams: 15 % each
With the exception of two in class commentaries, all assignments are submitted via Moodle.
- Learn basic reasoning skills---informal and formal logic.
- Understand the difference between reason and belief, between argument and pursuasion.
- Think openly about projects of meditation and critical thinking.
- Academic Honesty
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Religious Observance
- Grading Scheme and Feedback
- 20% Rule
No examinations or tests collectively worth more than 20% of the final grade in a course will be given during the final 14 calendar days of classes in a term. The exceptions to the rule are classes which regularly meet Friday evenings or on Saturday and/or Sunday at any time, and courses offered in the compressed summer terms.
- Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities