Instruction

Name Cr Method of study Time Location Organiser
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Online Course 22.3.2021 - 12.4.2021
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Online Course 7.10.2020 - 21.10.2020
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Online Course 13.8.2020 - 17.8.2020
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Course 20.3.2020 - 3.4.2020
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Course 9.10.2019 - 23.10.2019
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Course 29.3.2019 - 12.4.2019
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation 1 Cr Course 17.10.2018 - 31.10.2018
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation, spring 2018 1 Cr Course 16.5.2018 - 30.5.2018
Academic Rhetoric and Argumentation, autumn 2017 1 Cr Course 4.9.2017 - 18.9.2017

Target group

Doctoral candidates

Compulsory/optional course: Optional

  • Coordinating degree programme: Doctoral School in Health Sciences
  • The course belongs to the following module: General Transferable Skills
  • Availability of the course to students of other degree programmes: Yes, but subject to capacity

Prerequisites

Advanced level of English

Learning outcomes

Course learning outcomes. The course participants will

  • Master an understanding of the various methods, types and aims if argumentation used in academic and professional texts
  • Master an understanding of how to adjust one’s approach to argumentation depending upon rhetorical contexts and research findings
  • Improve the logical reasoning of their research findings and results through the appropriate application of rhetoric
  • Become more confident and comfortable engaging in oral discussions and defences of one’s research.

Timing

The recommended time of completion is during the first two years of the programme.The course is organised several times a year.

Contents

A key component to academic success is the ability to logically and soundly present one’s ideas (vis-a-vis research project proposals) and research findings (vis-a-vis academic publications). Thus, an understanding of how to formulate research questions, objectives, methods and results based on existing evidence and theoretical knowledge is necessary for any academic or research professional.

In this course, we will focus on:

  • How to formulate research questions, objectives and aims
  • How to present evidence-informed arguments
  • How to reason and argue for a particular point of view in relation to one’s research
  • Gaining confidence in oral discussions and defences of one’s own research

These principles will be then be applied to the development of academic manuscripts as well as conference / oral presentations.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

In-class lectures and discussions are supplemented by individual and group work, writing exercises and short in-class oral presentations of course participants’ research projects.

Assessment practices and criteria

PASS/FAIL, 100% attendance required

Completion methods

12 contact lessons with three face-to-face meetings and 15 hours of independent/group work between the meetings. Maximum 16 course participants.