Debating and discussing: How to formulate and structure arguments

Tainer: 
Mr. Christian Achrainer
Language Of Instruction: 
English
Target Group: 
Master Students
PhD Candidates
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Duration: 
One Day (9:00am- 4:00pm)
Module Code: 
C-03
Content: 

We engage in debates every day and in almost all aspects of life, be it private, social, or professional. Thereby, it is often challenging to persuade others. During the workshop, participants will be provided with techniques and skills to become more convincing. Firstly, we will discuss how to formulate and illustrate an argument by, amongst others, using data, examples, or emotions. Secondly, we will bring arguments in a meaningful order. Thirdly, we will round up the line of argumentation by discussing good opening and closing strategies.

Please note: The focus of the workshop is NOT on written, scientific argumentation (e.g. in academic papers). Nevertheless, several of the discussed techniques can also be applied for this purpose.

Learning Outcome: 


By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:


  • illustrate an argument and formulate a statement

  • structure an argumentation line

  • effectively prepare for debates

  • take part in debates with more self-confidence

convince others of their own position

Organizational Remarks: 

Necessary tools/materials: laptop & beamer, flip chart, white boards (ideally), space for 4 groups to brainstorm

Venue: 
DAAD Cairo office
Target Degree: 
BA
BSc
MA
MSc
PhD