COM 362 Full Course Discussions GCU
COM 362 Topic 1 DQ 1
Aristotle described argumentation as the following: “For to a certain extent all men attempt to discuss statements and to maintain them, to defend themselves, and to attack others.” Aristotle’s description of argumentation represents his view of how argumentation is a part of who we are as human beings. Do you agree or disagree with Aristotle’s viewpoint? Explain why. How has his viewpoint played a significant role in the historical development of argumentation?
COM 362 Topic 1 DQ 2
Find a blog that presents and defends an argument within one of its posts. Write a paragraph evaluating the arguments as either inductive or deductive. Provide the blog link in your paragraph response. Why do you think identifying these different elements in an argument is important?
COM 362 Topic 2 DQ 1
When watching or reading the news, what fallacies do you see people make most often in their arguments?
COM 362 Topic 2 DQ 2
Identify a fallacy you used in a recent discussion with another person. Why did you use that fallacy and how can you address the concern without the use of the fallacy?
COM 362 Topic 3 DQ 1
Find an example in society of a dispute that is (1) based on the ambiguity of language and (2) is not a genuine dispute. Point out the differences and propose how to resolve the dispute.
COM 362 Topic 3 DQ 2
Take a term that is related to a social issue you are personally interested in and clearly define it. For example, defining a right vs. a privilege in the debates on health care. Comment on another student’s post by seeing if you can find an exception that is excluded from the definition given.
COM 362 Topic 4 DQ 1
Examine an argument made in public and translate its conclusion to show one of the four standard-form categorical propositions (A, E, I, or O). Does the conclusion follow from the premises? Why or why not? Second, if its premises are true, what else can you infer about the conclusion? Analyze.
*Note: Remember that standard-form categorical propositions use affirmative or negative “to be” verbs (e.g., is, are, am, was, were, be, been, being) in its copula to set up a connection between two classes — the subject (S) and the predicate (P).
COM 362 Topic 4 DQ 2
As you are learning about propositions and contradictions, write out a view that you hold on a social issue in propositional form (A, E, I, or O). What is the logical contradiction to your view? Identify a specific group that advocates the contradiction of your viewpoint.
COM 362 Topic 5 DQ 1
Using an argument from an organization you found, create the logical contradiction for the organization’s position. Be sure to properly label the quality and quantity of the propositions.
COM 362 Topic 5 DQ 2
How would you communicate with someone who holds a different view than yourself in a way that is logically sound but does not deny the human dignity of the other person?
COM 362 Topic 6 DQ 1
Why is it important to understand how a syllogism functions when it comes to doing advocacy work?
COM 362 Topic 6 DQ 2
Provide an argument in affirmation of the topic; it is better to protect privacy over security. Your response should be at least 250 words long and include at least one source found using resources available from the school’s library or online.
COM 362 Topic 7 DQ 1
Research an argument in the realm of apologetics and evaluate the syllogism given (e.g., the transcended argument for the existence of God). Translate the argument into a standard-form categorical syllogism with a major premise, a minor premise, and a conclusion that contains a major term (predicate) and a minor term (subject). Make certain the major term, minor term, and middle term are connected by an affirmative or negative copula that uses “to be” verbs (e.g., is, are, am, was, were, be, been, being) in both premises and the conclusion.
COM 362 Topic 7 DQ 2
Find an argument against a position you hold. This can be in the realm of politics, religion, art, etc. Identify the form of the argument and state whether it is valid or invalid. Then, provide a response.
COM 362 Topic 8 DQ 1
When you are asked to construct an ethical argument, what do you consider that to mean? Explain and discuss with other whether there are objective or subjective standards for ethical arguments.
COM 362 Topic 8 DQ 2
Find an outside source that argues for some specific ethical standards in its argumentation. Translate it into a syllogism and evaluate its position. Comment on another student’s post.
COM 362 Full Course Discussions GCU