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Argumentation and Persuasion


Admission Requirements

A BA-degree in Nederlandse taal en cultuur or another linguistically oriented BA-degree


It seems characteristic of Western societies that public debate has become highly polarized. If you intend to take a critical stance towards the various debating positions, it is necessary to have at least some basic knowledge of argumentation. In this seminar we will study the current state of argumentation theory and discuss its latest insights. Argumentation theory offers the analytical tools for the identification, analysis and evaluation of argumentative discourse. However, it depends on the particular theoretical approach what these tools amount to and how specific they are. By addressing some central themes within the study of argumentation, we will assess the differences between the most leading theoretical approaches. As a result, you will become a skilled analyst of argumentative discourse in various settings.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, students are able to:
1. Report, both orally and in writing, on the state of the art in argumentation studies;
2. Draft a research question that is based on a literature review and examine this question in a systematic and methodologically sound way;
3. Report, both orally and in writing, on their own research on an issue that is pertinent to argumentation studies;
4. Lead a class discussion and provide constructive feed back to the presentations and papers of fellow students.

Extra course objective for ICLON students:

De student heeft er blijk van gegeven te kunnen reflecteren op het thema van de cursus in relatie tot het curriculum op het v.o.


The timetables are available through My Timetable

Mode of instruction


Assessment method an weighing

  • Presentations, assignments and participation: 30%

  • Written reflection + oral examination: 70%

Your written reflection and oral examination grade should be 5.5 or higher, and the weighted average of your grade should also be 5.5 or higher.

Students of the research master Linguistics should write a more elaborate reflection and take more sources into account.


There is one resit opportunity for the written reflection and/or the oral examination; there is no resit for the other assessment components.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A list of readings will be provided in Brightspace
You can find there how to prepare for the first meeting.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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