WRT 255: Advanced Argumentative Writing

When does argument really matter? How do written, verbal, and visual texts signify that something matters in such a way that an audience is persuaded to put their faith behind it? This course will build a working knowledge of historical perspectives on the public and private functions of argument. We will draw upon this knowledge in investigating the strategic use of words and symbols across various genres and considering the rhetorical construction of authority in creating compelling arguments.