The course content is structured in such a way to encourage you to sharpen your critical thinking and creative production skills. Lectures usually will complement not duplicate, reading assignments. You are encouraged to study assigned readings prior to each lesson to enable you participate capably in class. Your ideas and actions are important, but your opinions are only as strong as the evidence you offer to support those beliefs. This is certainly true for written assignments in this class, where authoritative support is needed to reinforce your opinions.