AP/MODR1770 6.0 B: Techniques of Persuasion

Offered by: MODR


Fall 2019






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.

Course Website

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    Additional Course Instructor/Contact Details

Shyam Ranganathan


Office Location:  S446 Ross Building

Phone Number:  (416) 736-2100 Ext. 77543

Office Hours:  By appointent

    Expanded Course Description

“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.”

    Required Course Text / Readings

Patañjali. Patañjali's Yoga Sūtra. Penguin 2008. (Available on Kindle. Some hard copies available form instructor.)

Online Readings, linked via Moodle

    Weighting of Course

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.

    Organization of the Course


    Course Learning Objectives
  • 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.
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