Why It Matters: Academic Argument

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What are the important ingredients of an academic argument?

You may question why you need to study argument. After all, the internet often seems as though it is one big shouting match—arguing is everywhere! But academic argument is different from much of the argument, or arguing, that happens in 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 lives.


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