Argumentation: Theory and Practice (WRIT2002)


What do great poets, preachers and politicians have in common? Using case studies of enduring speeches, from the pulpit to the courtroom to the concert hall, this unit introduces students to advanced rhetorical theory, research and analysis. It extends their ability to think critically about various text types and modes of delivery. The unit cultivates intensive and effective research and reporting practices, through which students develop their own discipline-based inquiry questions to effectively discover, produce, and deliver their arguments.

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Further unit of study information


1x1hr lecture/week, 1x2hr seminar/week


1x500wd research journal (10%), 1x1800wd critical reading task (40%), 1x2200wd analytical report (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.