POL191 - Introduction to Political and Legal Reasoning

General

Prefix

POL

Course Number

191

Course ID

00156185

Course Level

Undergraduate

Instruction Mode

Lecture

Department(s)

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.

Cross Listed Courses

Prerequisites

No Requisites

Credits

Min

3

Max

3

Repeatable

No

Goals and Diversity

MN Goal Course

Yes

MN Goal Designation(s)

02

Cultural Diversity

No

Learning Outcomes

Outcome

Identify the difference between a fact, an assumption, and an argument.

Outcome

Identify the different types of arguments/reasoning: deductive, inductive, causal, and analogy.

Outcome

Research and collect credible, objective facts from a variety of sources to be used as evidence in making arguments.

Outcome

Articulate the logical connection between facts, arguments, and conclusions.

Outcome

Identify the common mistakes and flaws in making arguments.

Outcome

Explain complex theoretical, political, and legal problems from a variety of perspectives, recognizing the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Outcome

Recognize bias in arguments and remove it.

Outcome

Argue different and often opposing sides of the same issue.

Course Outline

Course Outline

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Dependencies

No dependencies