Argumentation in public communication IIUNIVERSITÀ DELLA SVIZZERA ITALIANA
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Argumentation in Public Communication II (3 ECTS), which presupposes the theoretical and methodological foundations given in Part I, will complement the first part of the course by providing students with theoretical and methodological tools to analyse and produce different types of arguments in support of a given standpoint, thus providing more robust instruments to those who are willing to work in the field of public communication.
This course is entirely devoted to analysing and evaluating a series of argumentative case-studies within different contexts of public communication. Case studies will be taken, among other areas, from decisions made by Swiss institutions (such as the Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner), political discussions, public debate, press releases, NGO campaigns, and so on. For each case, a detailed reconstruction of the institutional context will be proposed, alongside the analysis of the most important argumentative strategies, especially in terms of argument schemes (loci) on which discourse is based (distinguishing, for example, between means-end argumentation, analogy, appeals to authority, and so on). Strengths and weaknesses of each argument schemes will be discussed in order to show possible applications in public communication. Implicit cultural premises and framing strategies in public discourse will be also discussed.
At the end of this course, students will have gained (a) the ability to evaluate which arguments are used in specific discourses and texts of public communication, knowing what is the hold of such arguments; (b) familiarity with the use of argument schemes to be used in the design of argumentative interventions; (c) knowledge about the relation between types of argumentation and types of institutional contexts. In order to familiarise with these aspects, students will be required to actively participating in classes.
80% of the evaluation is based on a final oral exam, in which students will present and defend their own analysis of a case of public argumentation. The remaining 20% will be based on a presentation to be given during the course. Specifically, each student will be required to choose a scientific paper from a selection of resources about public communication viewed in the perspective of argumentation; he or she will present this paper to the class and stimulate discussion.
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