Understanding the way language is used
The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy provides a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the diverse ways in which ordinary language is used in various types of discourse and texts as a means of convincing others of a given viewpoint or idea. Crucial concepts from the rhetorical, dialectical and logical approaches used in argumentative discourse analysis, evaluation and production are examined and discussed in a systematic fashion. Relevant insights from speech act theory, Gricean analysis of rational interaction, discourse analysis, and formal and informal logic provide a framework in this process.
All major classical and modern approaches to the reasonableness and rationality of institutionalised and non-institutionalised types of discourse are considered, from juridical and political discourse to spontaneous everyday conversations. Students also become familiar with the methods and techniques of qualitative and quantitative empirical research in the fields of discourse analysis, argumentation theory, formal and informal logic, and rhetoric. This in turn enables them to carry out thorough and theoretically justified analyses, case studies and other types of investigations of real-life discussions and texts.
Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy 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).
The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP) is ideal for students who wish to acquire a sound intellectual basis for conducting research in the interrelated fields of rhetoric, argumentation and philosophy. The programme provides students with insight not only into the normative and descriptive study of communication and argumentation, but also into the philosophical conceptions of rationality and reasonableness in which they are grounded.
The Research Master's programme Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy comprises 120 credits:
- 90 credits for core courses, specific courses and electives
- 30 credits for a Master's thesis
The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the selections committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least two years. Depending on students' individual background and qualifications, the programme director may determine, in consultation with the instructors concerned, that certain courses may be wholly or partially replaced by electives or tutorials.
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Last updated April 19, 2016