ELS-66600 Academic Argumentation in Scientific Writing and Debate


Credits 1.50

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Independent study0
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 this course, 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 when writing a scientific abstract and an opinion paper (argumentative essay) about controversial topics of your own choice.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the philosophy of science;
- understand the importance of argumentation in scientific works;
- learn how to structure argumentation for writing and debating;
- learn how to write a scientific yet argumentative abstract for a paper/proposal/thesis;
- learn how to write an opinion paper (argumentative essay). 


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


- A short scientific abstract of 200 words (40% ).

- An opinion paper (argumentative essay) of 500 words (60% ).

To pass the course each component requires a minimum mark of 5.50.


Literature will be provided via Brightspace.