Effective Argumentation for Coordinators of Doctoral Programs


We use arguments to express our reasons for claims that we make, and instinctively we know what is a good or a bad argument when we hear one. Usually. But often we don’t know exactly why. By developing good argumentation skills, you learn to express better reasoning. To formulate effective arguments is important and it is more than just providing information and facts that you take to be evidence for the validity of your conclusions. Ultimately, the aim of your argument is to persuade your listeners. In this workshop we will look at a range of principles and frameworks to better understand how to construct effective arguments of your own, how to avoid some common and tempting mistakes in reasoning and how to recognize fallacies in the arguments of others.

The key aspects of the workshop are:

  • Defining an argument
  • How to construct an argument
  • Understanding and evaluating types of argument
  • Examining contemporary arguments
  • Combining claims and reasons to create clear arguments
  • Recognizing fallacies in argumentation of other people and how to react
  • Developing a clearer awareness of argumentation
  • Arguing more effectively in own situations
  • Learning how to formulate structured and compact arguments
  • How to react to fallacies in argumentation
  • Using argument models and frameworks to identify components of argument

This workshop will combine theoretical background with hands-on practice of your own situations that are guided by constructive feedback. Brief input sessions of concepts, principles and techniques will be supplemented with discussion and practice through simulation.

Duration   1 day
Date   Friday, 17 June 2016, 9:00 - 17:00h
Location   Zentrum für Weiterbildung, Schaffhauserstrasse 228, 8057 Zürich (Lageplan)
Instructor   Tim Korver
Target participants  

Coordinators of UZH doctoral programs

Language   English
Number of participants  


Registration remains open until 26 May 2016