Critical Reasoning: Issues and Events in American Politics
School of Public Affairs
Critical reasoning, types of reasoning, argumentation and proper use of authorities and evidence to understand contemporary issues and current events relevant to the American political and governing systems.
Goals and Diversity
MN Goal Course
MN Goal Designation(s)
Students will analyze forms of political discourse and explain argument components such as premises, types of evidence, reasoning, and conclusions. This will be accomplished with hypothetical and real world examples related to American government and politics.
Students will identify and explain differences between deductive and inductive reasoning, causal arguments, and arguments by analogy in different contexts related to American government and politics.
Students will identify and explain all parts (premises, evidence, reasoning, conclusions) of political arguments related to explaining contemporary issues and current events related to American government and politics.
Students will discuss and explain inductive and deductive reasoning in assertions and arguments used to achieve political and policy goals in the context of American government and politics.
Students will analyze and explain common flaws in political argumentation related to American government and politics.