The course utilizes classical and contemporary methods of logical reasoning, emotional appeal and ethos as persuasive techniques to teach students problem analysis, research of evidence, and formulation and defense of one’s position on an issue. Students write and present position papers on contemporary issues, analyze advertising, and mass media techniques of persuasion and political rhetoric as well as explore the ethical issues surrounding the use of persuasion and propaganda in conveying messages. In the process, the course helps students become rational decision-makers who are able to defend and debate their positions on critical issues. Students are assessed on both written and oral skills.