Advanced Argumentative Writing

This course will be offered face-to-face.

This is an advanced writing course for students in any major. The course will be focused not only on argument, but also on transformation. We will explore the ways in which we and others experience profound changes to our beliefs and values. To do this work, we’ll all share the works that inspire us (e.g., your favorite novels, poems, movies, songs, comics, etc.); plus, you’ll read a couple of works of rhetorical theory—namely, Plato’s Phaedrus and Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil. Please don’t let the readings scare you (they’ll be good training for graduate school in English, Poli Sci, Law, Psychology, among others, if that’s a path you’re considering). I will guide you carefully into and through the texts so that you will not only understand the content but be able to mimic and engage creatively with the works. In the end, you will produce dialogues of your own, like Plato, as well as personal essays of your own, like Nietzsche, which tackle whatever heady topics are important to you.