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RHMS 408 Argument and Persuasion in Science

Faculty: Reyes
Content: This course is designed to explore the role of argument and persuasion in the history, evolution, and dissemination of science. Its purpose is to give students a firm understanding of various rhetorical strategies within scientific discourse and how those strategies impact public policy. The general trajectory of this course is chronological, tracing major controversies in the sciences from pre-modern times to the present. At every stage students will be asked to consider how argument, persuasion, and symbolic action influence both scientific and political practice.
Prerequisites: RHMS 100. RHMS 301 recommended.
Restrictions: Sophomore standing required.
Usually offered: Annually, spring semester.
Semester credits: 4.