This course approaches the study of argumentation using popular film as primary source material. Film texts provide the basis for cirtical 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 venues. This course links film and national identity to gender, race and social class. Some films included in this course have an R rating such as 'JFK' and 'Born on the 4th of July.'