MA Communication and Information Studies: Discourse and Argumentation Studies

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Communication and Information Studies: Discourse and Argumentation Studies

University of Amsterdam

Dual Master's programmes (MA)

Language and argumentation

The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Argumentation Studies aims to provide students with a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the way language is used for informative and argumentative purposes. The programme presents an overview of recent descriptive and normative research in language, and covers a broad range of topics, including conversational analysis, style, classical and modern rhetoric, informal logic, fallacies, and juridical and conversational argument.

Upon completion of the programme, students will have acquired an adequate knowledge of and insight into the main normative and descriptive theoretical approaches to the study of argumentation. This includes: pragma-dialectics and the main theoretical approaches to the study of discourse, including speech act theory and conversation analysis. In addition, students gain the skills necessary for:

  • analysing and evaluating argumentative discourse;
  • for reading, analysing, evaluating and conducting independent research;
  • and for producing both written and oral reports on research findings.

The programme also offers students the possibility to put theory into practice in a specially selected internship, in which communicative and argumentative skills play a central role.

Discourse and Argumentation Studies at the University of Amsterdam

The programme is unique in the way it combines courses in discourse analysis and argumentation theory. It was conceived and is taught by those scholars who applied insights from these two fields in order to develop and extend the internationally renowned approach to the study of argumentative discourse, known as 'pragma-dialectics'. In the context of the programme, students are in direct contact with these scholars.

Degree certificate

Discourse and Argumentation Studies is an accredited degree programme of Communication and Information Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Communication and Information Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Curriculum

This programme has several key objectives. First it aims to give students a general introduction to the field of discourse and argumentation studies. It also gives them the opportunity to gain practical experience in the descriptive and normative analysis of argumentative discourse. Building on this foundation, the programme provides students with more specialised and profound knowledge of and insight into the fields of discourse analysis and argumentation theory. Finally, the programme offers students the tools necessary for conducting independent evaluations and research in the field of discourse and argumentation studies.

After one year of theoretical courses, students take part in an internship in which insights in argumentative processes and argumentative skills play an important role.

Programme structure

The Professional Master's programme Discourse and Argumentation Studies comprises 90 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for courses and electives
  • 30 credits for the internship and report
  • 18 credits for the Master's thesis
This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated April 19, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
Duration
Duration
18 months
Full time
Price
Price
1,984 EUR
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Deadline
Start date Sept. 2016
Place
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 18 months
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.