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Approaches to Argumentative Discourse


Admission Requirements

A BA-degree in Dutch language and culture, or another linguistically oriented BA-degree. Note that students of Neerlandistiek should write their assignments and reflection in Dutch; the oral examination is also in Dutch.


It seems characteristic of Western societies that public debate has become highly polarized. If you want 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. The application of analytical instruments to actual discourse will turn you into 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. Reflect, both orally and in writing, on the issues that have been brought up in the relevant literature;
3. Devise one or more relevant research questions that follow from this reflection;
4. Lead a class discussion and provide constructive feed back to the presentations and ideas 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

  • Seminar

Assessment method


  • Presentation: 20%

  • Assignments, peer review, participation: 10%

  • Paper: 70%


Your paper grade should be 5.5 or higher and the weighted average of your grade should be 5.5 or higher.


There is one resit opportunity for the final version of the paper; 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
Please check the reading materials of the first meeting.


Enrolment through My Studymap is mandatory


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Coordinator of Studies


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