Rhetoric and Argumentation forms a key component of a classic liberal arts education, and addresses a fundamental element of academic activity. No standpoint can be formed, no supporting arguments found, no paper written, no presentation given, no textual analysis conducted without knowledge of how and why rhetoric works. Therefore it is necessary for students to have a proper understanding of what rhetoric and argumentation involves and how it can be applied consciously. This course offers the skills students need to be able to structure any future academic essay or future oral presentation in a clear, persuasive and academic way.