Trump’s tweets and the Obama speeches. Greta Thunberg’s UN statement on climate change and Ken Robinson’s Ted talk on how schools kill creativity. Nelson Mandela’s final words from the dock and Martin Luther King’s dream for America. Eleanor Roosevelt’s introduction of the Universal Declaration to the United Nations and her husband Franklin’s formulation of the Four Freedoms. Both internet and history books are full of examples of the relevance of the art of rhetoric, as are our daily lives.
The introduction to Rhetoric and Argumentation thus 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.
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