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This course will offer you the basics of rhetorical and argumentative analysis. The course is geared towards assessing persuasive discourse found within a domain or text genre of your own choice, depending on your interests or field of study.

You will be in the lead of the learning process. You choose an area of your interest in which rhetoric and argumentation are fundamental: a) social media discussions, b) online news outlets, c) popular science articles, d) specific argumentative contexts such as politics, law, medicine, science. During the course, you will be offered an extensive toolbox that you will use to perform a rhetorical and argumentative analysis on a piece of discourse within the chosen area of interest.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to discuss the societal relevance of argumentation theory and concrete options to make social media and online information outlets fairer, more transparent, and compliance with ethical standards.


Jean Wagemans, Bertijn van der Steenhoven 


All lectures will take place on-campus and we assume you can be physically present during the scheduled hours. You can find the timetable on Datanose.


Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 5, 10 am -  June 11, 11.59 pm. You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS. (registration is NOT through SIS)

Please note: There is no guarantee for placement if you register after June 11, so make sure you register on time. You will hear which course(s) you are registered for before June 30. 

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