Maricopa Community Colleges  ENG216   19926-99999 

Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 4-28-1992

ENG216  1992 Fall - 9999

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Persuasive Writing on Public Issues

Advanced course in techniques of analyzing and writing persuasive arguments addressing topics of current public interest. Papers research based.

Prerequisites: ENG102.


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Literacy and Critical Inquiry - [L]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


ENG216  1992 Fall - 9999

Persuasive Writing on Public Issues



Describe the process for developing an argumentative position. (I)


Provide support for an argumentative position. (I)


Analyze the beliefs and characteristics of an audience to determine persuasive strategies. (I)


Identify and use effective strategies for countering the arguments of others. (I)


Construct an argument based on classical argumentative strategies. (II)


Incorporate into an argument support materials from sources other than one's own experience. (III)


Identify and evaluate the logical structure and persuasive strategies of arguments in the public arena. (IV)

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ENG216   19926-99999

Persuasive Writing on Public Issues


I. Overview of arguments

A. An introduction to argument

B. The process of argument

C. The process of writing arguments

D. The core of an argument: a claim with reasons

E. The logical structure of arguments

F. Support for an argument: evidence and chains of reasons

G. Selection of the best means of persuasion

H. Treatment of opposing views in an argument that both clarifies and persuades

I. Analysis and evaluation of someone else's arguments

II. Categories of claims

A. A general heuristic for arguments

B. Definition arguments

C. Casual arguments

D. Resemblance arguments

E. Evaluation arguments

F. Proposal arguments

G. Special problems with ethical and aesthetic arguments

III. Using and documenting sources

IV. An anthology of arguments (representative topics)

A. Sports and the problem of manhood

B. The morality of photographs

C. The problem of cultural literacy

D. Ethical issues in scientific and engineering research

E. Additional essays


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