For you as a writer, the purpose of this essay is to enlarge your understanding of the issue. Basically, we'd like to learn that there are multiple perspectives and positions that can be taken on an issue and that argument is not necessarily a zero-sum game. Argument is not necessarily an adversarial, win-lose, pro-con situation. Often, people who are debating an issue recognize valid points held by other authors.
For you as a student in this course, writing this essay will provide an opportunity to practice skills related to taking a position on an issue, providing convincing evidence to support that position, and working with a variety of (sometimes competing) arguments about that issue.
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