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MA Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP)

Course Description

The Research Master's programme in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP) 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.

Accreditation and degree

The quality of this master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited master's degree in Rhetoric, Argumentation Theory and Philosophy (RAP) and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Entry Requirements

Applicants for the Master's programme should have at least a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in a relevant field, including (speech) communication, philosophy, rhetoric and language and communication. The level of the Bachelor's degree must be comparable to that of a Dutch Bachelor's degree. Admission is not necessarily limited to students from these fields.

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