Online Class: How to Win Arguments

This innovative course will guide you through the process of establishing logical reasonings to win arguments whether they be oral or written responses.

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  • 15
    Lessons
  • 16
    Exams &
    Assignments
  • 212
    Students
    have taken this course
  • 7
    Hours
    average time
  • 0.7
    CEUs
 
 

Course Description

This innovative course on "winning arguments" has two main purposes:

1.    To introduce classical arguments comprehensively so that you can create your own written or oral arguments that will be well-received and persuasive to audiences in your workplace or elsewhere

2.    To improve critical thinking, synthesis, writing, evaluation, and reflection skills

Classical arguments refer to a set of reasons that an orator or writer would provide in a specific way with the goal of persuading his or her audience to act in a certain way or conform to an opinion. Arguments are traditionally tied to logic and reason, and fall into the larger discipline of rhetoric. Historians trace this practice back to Athens, the city state of Ancient Greece and the birthplace of democracy. Great ancient thinkers, including Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, and Quintilian, were actively involved in shaping arguments and rhetoric, and continue to be influential in how we construct and share ideas today.

This course provides an in-depth guide to constructing persuasive arguments that are well-researched, founded on logic, and that engage meaningful with the classical tradition. Students who enroll in this course will work through fifteen comprehensive topics. Each lesson will define the specific topic, explain its significance, and will provide specific strategies and examples for refining the skills associated with that topic. Developing and implementing these skills throughout the process of constructing your argument will help you to create a focused, refined final product that can be shared in writing or delivered orally.

The course is broken into the following fifteen lessons:

1.    What is an argument?

2.    Critical Thinking

3.    Standard Argument Types

4.    The Classical Means of Persuasion

5.    Analyzing Arguments

6.    Evidence, Assumptions, and Implicit Arguments

7.    Identifying Flaws in an Argument

8.    A Closer Look at Logical Fallacies

9.    Using Critical Thinking to Synthesize Evidence

10.   The Five Canons of Rhetoric I

11.   The Five Canons of Rhetoric II

12.   The Five Canons of Rhetoric III

13.   The Critical Writing Process

14.   Evaluating Your Argument

15.   Critical Reflection

Each lesson will conclude with an assessment activity to test your level of understanding of the curriculum. By completing this course with a 70% of higher overall grade, you will be eligible for accredited CEUs you can use on your resume or to fulfill professional development needs.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Arguments - A Comprehensive Guide

In this first lesson, we will begin by thoroughly defining an argument and we will do the following. *provide historical background on the rhetorical tradition *outline the key components of a classical argument Additional lesson topics: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection; Teaching Critical Thinking Skills 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Critical Thinking

In this lesson, we will do the following. -introduce critical thinking -discuss how critical thinking can be applied to arguments -outline strategies for improving your critical thinking Additional lesson topics: Defining Critical Thinking; Test of Analytical Skills; Problem-Solving Skills 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Standard Argument Types

In this lesson, we will do the following. -define the classical deductive argument, and provide examples and types -define the classical inductive argument, and provide examples and types -provide additional notes on types of arguments, and introduce additional argument types which are less common but worth noting Additional lesson topics: Types of Argument; Common Logical Fallacies 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: The Classical Means of Persuasion

In this lesson, we will further explore the following three methods of persuasion. -ethos -pathos -logos Additional lesson topics: Examples of Ethos, Logos, and Pathos; Argument's Best Friends 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Analyzing Arguments

In this lesson, we will do the following. -learn how to recognize the anatomy of an argument, using annotation skills -review three standard strategies for analyzing an argument -determine whether an argument is valid, sound, strong, or cogent Additional lesson topics: How to Analyze an Argument; Analyzing and Evaluating Arguments; Annotating to Engage, Analyze, and Connect 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Evidence, Assumptions, and Implicit Arguments

In this lesson, we will do the following. -introduce four types of evidence commonly used in arguments -define assumptions and implicit arguments, and discuss why they are important -briefly discuss how critical reading skills can help you identify these elements Additional lesson topics: Types of Evidence; The Elements of an Argument 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Identifying Flaws in an Argument

In this lesson, we will do the following. -define flaws and other points of weakness in an argument -learn how to check quickly for common illogical fallacies -identify four common mistakes that can lead to flawed arguments Additional lesson topics: How to Spot Logical Fallacies; How do we identify flaws?; Good and bad arguments 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: A Closer Look at Logical Fallacies

In this lesson, we will take fallacies in the following three groups. -Fallacies of Relevance -Fallacies of Weak Induction -Fallacies of Presumption, Ambiguity, and Grammatical Analogy Additional lesson topics: 15 Logical Fallacies You Should Know Before Getting Into a Debate; Fallacies of Relevance; Fallacies of Weak Induction 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Using Critical Thinking to Synthesize Evidence

In this lesson, we will do the following. -revisit key concepts of critical reading and analysis -outline strategies for critical note-taking -review the synthesis process Additional lesson topics: Analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating; What Is Critical Reading?; Listening Note Taking Strategies; Synthesis and Manufacturing 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: The Five Canons of Rhetoric I

In this lesson, we will focus on the following -invention -style Additional lesson topics: Classical Rhetoric; Issues in Rhetorical Invention 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: The Five Canons of Rhetoric II

In this lesson, we will focus on the following. -arrangement -arrangement methods Additional lesson topics: Composition and Rhetoric; Organization of Argument 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: The Five Canons of Rhetoric III

In this lesson, we will focus on the following. -memory -delivery Additional lesson topics: Memorization Strategies; How to Memorize Speeches; Developing Strong Arguments 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13: The Critical Writing Process

In this lesson, we will do the following. -define and discuss the importance of descriptive writing -define and discuss the importance of critical writing -outline key writing tips for writing arguments Additional lesson topics: Critical Elements of the Writing Process; Developing Skills in Critical Writing; What is descriptive writing?; How to Make Writing Easier 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14: Evaluating Your Argument

In this lesson, we will do the following. -define what we mean by evaluating your argument -provide a big picture approach to self-evaluation -provide a detailed approach to self-evaluation Additional lesson topics: How do I evaluate an argument?; Evaluating Arguments Practice 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15: Critical Reflection

In this lesson, we will do the following. -introduce critical reflection -review tips for implementing critical reflection -discuss how critical reflection can help improve future arguments and learning opportunities Additional lesson topics: A Critical Reflection Framework; Examples of good and poor critical reflection 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: End of Course Poll; Course Comments
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Exam
151
Total Course Points
 

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Course Title: How to Win Arguments
Course Number: 9770587
Lessons Rating: 4.8 / 5 Stars (44 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: April 2022
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Dr. Dennis Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $95.00 U.S. dollars

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