ECS-66600 Academic Argumentation Skills in Writing and Debate


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Independent study
Course coordinator(s)dr. O Noroozi
Lecturer(s)dr. O Noroozi
Examiner(s)dr. O Noroozi

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Are you thinking of a career in science? Maybe doing a Research Master or a PhD? And do you wonder how you can best get your scientific messages across to a scientific audience? Or even a public audience? In Academic Argumentation Skills, you learn how to improve your scientific writing using knowledge about the nature of argumentation. The course also addresses the philosophical basics about what is science, what constitutes a good argument, and how argumentation is used in scientific writing.

Learning outcomes:

After following this course, students will be able to effectively structure their argumentation when writing a scientific paper, abstract and/or a research proposal. Students are expected to learn and understand the philosophical basis of argumentation in science, and adjust a scientific message to both scientific and public audiences.


Learning activities include writing, analysing and structuring scientific abstracts, improving argumentation of current writing projects, literature study, lectures and scientific discussion and debate.


- 3 written individual assignments (33% each).
To pass the course each component requires a minimum mark of 5.50.


Literature will be provided via Blackboard.