Not only in the academy, but also in private and professional life, arguing carefully considered opinions is a key characteristic of a vital and well educated person. One of the original meanings of to argue is "to make clear." Accordingly, this course explores effective and persuasive techniques in precisely making clear in written and oral communications that which you believe. This course focuses on timely issues in contemporary essays and aesthetic issues in creative literature and film. And, yes, students will be expected to have an opinion on everything.