The Craft of Academic Engagement
  • Devonport Lecture Theatre, Portland Square Building, Plymouth University

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This seminar is hosted by the Institute for Social, Policy and Enterprise Research (iSPER) and is aimed at Plymouth University staff and postgraduate research students. 

Argument and argumentation are arguably the core of postgraduate research and are inextricably linked to critical thinking, and clear, sound writing skills. Argumentation in UK HE is rooted in the Anglo-European rhetorical tradition, dating back to before Aristotle’s well-known contribution to this field.

In this session, we will explore the rhetorical tradition and the importance this has for the craft of academic argument. We will conclude by briefly exploring the cultural aspect to argumentation, since developing arguments is a culturally embedded topic. Different cultures, both national as well as disciplinary, have different ways of approaching the initial formation of and development of an argument.

Guest speaker profile

Dr Karen Otterwell is the Director of the Academic Development and Training for International Students for Cambridge University’s Language Centre which provides training and support to assist international students at the University in further developing and honing the skills required to succeed in an English-speaking academic context.

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