This course approaches the study of argumentation using popular film as a primary source material. Film texts will provide the basis for critical examination of public disputation about the politics of public memory and collective identity. The course is concerned with both argument through film and argument about film in other public venues. The course explores the role of popular and independent film in shaping or contesting public perspective on what it means to be a nation; public disputes over what counts as national interests; and public disputes over who counts as a citizen with fully endowed rights. The course links film and national identity to gender, race, and social class. Some of the films viewed in this course have an R rating. Affiliate department: Communication Studies.