Dr. F. Russo & Dr. J.H.M. Wagemans
Second-year and third-year Bachelor's students participating in an honours programme.
No specific prior knowledge is required, only curiosity and interest for argumentation.
At the end of the course, the student will have worked towards acquiring the following skills and knowledge:
Students will acquire the following skills:
Students will have knowledge about:
‘What’s wrong with this argument?!’ -- if you ever asked yourself this question while reading the news, a scientific paper, or participating in a social media exchange, then this course is for you. During 12 meetings, you will be offered the basics of argumentation skills. The course is geared towards assessing arguments found within a domain or text genre of your own choice, depending on your interests or field of study.
You will be in the lead of the learning process. You begin by choosing an area in which argumentation skills are fundamental: a) social media discussions, b) online news outlets, c) popular science articles, d) specific argumentative contexts such as politics, law, medicine, science.
You will then be offered a toolbox you can use to perform an argumentation analysis, consisting of methods for (1) argument detection, (2) argument type identification and assessment, and (3) argument production. These tools are offered within the context of an approach to argument-checking in which the epistemic value and moral dimensions of information in the digital era are explicitly discussed.
During the course, you will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of Make Media Great Again, an organization committed to improve on the quality of online information via annotation of news items, and to meet social and industrial entrepreneurs, and a software engineer, interested in the prospects of automatizing the process of argument checking.
Students will work continuously during the whole course towards a portfolio, including self-reflection exercises, analysis of texts, and other relevant assessment methods.
A selection of articles and other relevant material will be posted on Canvas in due course.
The schedule will be available on Datanose
Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 1, 10 am - June 4, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS (registration is NOT through SIS)
Placement will be at random and students will be informered about their placement in the week of June 21.
There is NO guarantee for placement if you register AFTER June 4, so make sure you apply on time!
For questions about registration please email to: Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org
The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website
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