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POL 191 . Introduction to Political and Legal Reasoning

Credits: 3
Department: Political Science
Description: Introduction to critical reasoning, types of argumentation, and the proper use of authorities and evidence in the American political and legal system. Examine the differences between theoretical, policy, and legal argumentation.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the difference between a fact, an assumption, and an argument.
2. Identify the different types of arguments/reasoning: deductive, inductive, causal, and analogy.
3. Research and collect credible, objective facts from a variety of sources to be used as evidence in making arguments.
4. Articulate the logical connection between facts, arguments, and conclusions.
5. Identify the common mistakes and flaws in making arguments.
6. Explain complex theoretical, political, and legal problems from a variety of perspectives, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each.
7. Recognize bias in arguments and remove it.
8. Argue different and often opposing sides of the same issue.

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