CO 300 - Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)

  • 3 credits
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Reading, analyzing, researching, and writing arguments.

In CO 300 Writing Arguments, we will compose a variety of argumentative texts in various modes. Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to the diverse forms of communication in terms of their persuasive and convincing aspects. These forms include: text, sound, still and moving images.

A large focus of this course is geared toward understanding and composing messages for specific audiences and purposes. Assignments in CO 300 will encourage adaptation of content and style when responding to the needs of different audiences and rhetorical situations.

Through this process, students will extend their rhetorical knowledge, their experience in writing processes, and their mastery of writing conventions.

Throughout CO 300, students will:

  • Practice critically reading texts about the rhetoric of argument as well as critical analysis of sample arguments
  • Understand and practice various modes of argument composed for a variety of contexts and audiences
  • Conduct writing processes with a special emphasis on accessing and evaluating sources from databases, peer critiquing, reflection on writing processes, and revising and editing.

Required Textbook Information
Section 801:
Perspectives on Argument., 8th Ed.
Wood and Miller
Rhetorical Readings for Advanced Writers, 3rd Ed.
Ebook available via TopHat website.
Section 802:
Contact instructor.

This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Advanced Writing (Category 2) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Advanced Writing (GT-CO3).


CO 150 (College Composiiton).

Textbooks and Materials

Important: See bottom of course description for textbook requirements for your section.


Jenny Levin

Jenny Levin is a Senior Teacher in CSU's Composition Program. She has also worked in the CSU Writing Center as a director and consultant trainer. She is especially passionate about teaching analysis and writing skills that transfer beyond the Composition classroom. Her current research interests include second language writing, writing assessment, and online teaching. Beyond the classroom, Jenny enjoys hiking, yoga, cooking with her kids, and traveling. A native of the UK, she drinks quite a bit of tea and enjoys a slice or two of good cake every day.

Mary Hickey

B.A., English Education, Fort Lewis College; M.A., English Rhetoric & Composition, Colorado State University.

Professor Hickey teaches college writing courses - CO150, CO300, and CO150 online. She has been teaching writing at CSU since 2009.

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