Each day we are bombarded by arguments made by family, friends, politicians, advertisements, scientists, and more. One question, however, is which of these arguments are good arguments? What even makes an argument a good one? All of us use reasons when conversing with other people, but do we know what it is to reason well?
This course asks these questions and investigates a topic that, arguably, may seem both familiar yet uncertain for many of us. In doing so, students can expect to be presented with materials that will allow them to use analytic tools to evaluate the strength of both their arguments and the arguments of others. By pulling from real world cases, we will also hold space to look at the use of statistics and causality in arguments and how to parse through the most common arguments we encounter in our lives.