Why It Matters: Academic Argument

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Why learn to evaluate and construct academic arguments?

You may question why you need to study argument. After all, the conversations you might read on the internet often seem as though it is one big shouting match—arguing is everywhere! Academic argument, however, is different from much of the arguing that happens in day-to-day life. Academic arguments value certain approaches and follow established strategies.

In this module, you will be introduced to methods for composing an effective academic argument, including constructing an arguable thesis, building common ground, avoiding logical fallacies, and refuting counterargument. These strategies will not only benefit you in your academic career but will also help you be more persuasive in your professional and personal life.