Argument Mapping

Argument Mapping

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Review Chapters 2 and 8.
Review the following cases:
Case 1.3: The Influence Diagram and Decision Tree – Structuring Problems of Energy Policy and International Security.
Case 1.4: The Argument Map – Problem Structuring in National Defense and Transportation Policy, including Figure C1.4.1 about the Cuban Missile Crisis and C1.4.2 about

the 55-mph speed limit.
Case 8.1: Pros and Cons of Balkan Intervention.
Read Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 1.
Read Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8.
Read Demonstration Exercise 4 located at the end of Chapter 8.

Write a five to six (5-6) page paper in which you:

(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 1 for criteria 1-3.)
1. Create an argument map based on the influence diagram presented in Case 1.3 and complete all the criteria provided in the exercise, beginning with this claim: “The

U.S. should return to the 55- mph speed limit in order to conserve fuel and save lives.”
2. Include in the map as many warrants, backings, objections, and rebuttals as possible.
3. Assume that the original qualifier was certainly; indicate whether the qualifier changes as we move from a simple, static, uncontested argument to a complex,

dynamic and contested argument.

(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8 for criterion 4.)
4. Apply the argument mapping procedures presented in Chapter 8 to analyze the pros and cons (or strengths and weaknesses) of the recommendations that the United

States should not intervene in the Balkans. (Refer to Demonstration Exercise 3 located at the end of Chapter 8.)(Note: Refer to Demonstration Exercise 4 located at the

end of Chapter 8 for criteria 5-7.)
5. Write an analysis of 1-2 pages that uses critical thinking to assess the overall plausibility of the claim: “The conflict in Bosnia is somebody else’s trouble. The

U.S. should not intervene militarily.”
6. Complete an argument map to illustrate your analysis.
7. Provide at least two (2) academic or government resources to support your views regarding the proposed U.S. response to the conflict in Bosnia. (Note: Do not use

open source Websites such Wikipedia,,, and similar Websites are not acceptable resources.)

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:
Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA. Check with your professor

for any additional instructions.
Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference

page are not included in the required assignment page length.
Use Microsoft Word, Microsoft Draw, PowerPoint, or other graphics program to create the arguments maps for the assignment. Whichever program you use, the graphical

maps must be integrated into the Word Document and labeled as a Figure with a number and title. The argument maps are part of the page length.
The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:
Analyze the historical context, basic concepts, strategies, and / or models of public policy.
Examine the nature, characteristics, models, and / or methods pertinent to the structuring of policy problems.
Examine the process of policy argument development.
Use technology and information resources to research issues in policy analysis and program evaluation.
Write clearly and concisely about policy analysis and program evaluation using proper writing mechanics.


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