Fall 2019

Making Arguments

Listed in: English, as ENGL-170


Derek G. Handley (Section 01)


The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of argumentation theory and research, in order to give extensive practice in analyzing and producing arguments. The readings and discussions will familiarize students with various theorists whose concepts and ideas are frequently studied and applied by scholars in the field. The course is also intended as an informed introduction to rhetorical theory (including feminist rhetoric[s] and African American rhetoric) in the twentieth century. For us, an “argument” will involve conveying a reasoned position on an issue of controversy, and this conveying may take a variety of forms, including op-ed pieces, political ads, websites, blogs, essays, prose fiction, films, images, and even everyday conversation.

Limited to 18 students. Ten seats reserved for first year students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Handley.

If Overenrolled: Preference given to first-year students, sophomores, and English majors who still need to complete their 100-level requirement.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019