Critical thinking and argumentation

Course schedule

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Course description

Course description

The world is full of inspiring people with fabulous ideas to make a change, with the ambition to leave this place a bit better than we found it. The opinions we have about that are in and of itself not important, but that we share them is. Whether it is to inform, convince of test an idea – the spoken word remains a powerful tool. In the end we believe that everyone who has an argument to make, should be able to make one. Debating has many faces. For some it is seen as a competition, for other is it a means of communicating in the political arena and it is a perfect means to an end. Whether it is a job interview, a pitch for possible investors or a discussion over the birthday cake – the skills of debating come back in everyday life. Even in a fast changing world with a big role for digital communications, the ability to speak with confidence and reason through well-founded arguments is a crucial skill. During a full day of training, we share theory and practice with this in exercises. The trainings are aiming to equip participants with tools to debate and speak in a clear, convincing and effective way and apply argumentation and critical thinking in writing and speaking.

Learning outcomes

  • Being able to hold a structured, convincing, and well-founded argument

  • Being able to use shorter, clearer and more appealing formulation

  • Being able to summarize and analyse an argument as well as rebut it

  • Being able to hold a convincing speech with good integration of arguments

  • Being able to ask and answer questions as a means to strengthen your own case

General Information

Target Group: PhD's
Group size: 12
Course duration: 1 day
Language: English
Credit points: 0,3 ECTS
Self-study hours:  
Name lecturer: Lara Minnaard
Venue: Forum - zaal C0103


09:00 -12.00: Effective and dynamic argumentation

12.00-13.00 : Lunch

13.00-17.00 : Debate strategy and effective interruption


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP) who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools (EPS, PE&RC, VLAG, WASS, WIAS, WIMEK)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University who are registered at one of the WU graduate schools
€ 40
University fee: All other PhD candidates / Wageningen University postdocs and staff € 80
External fee: All other participants € 160

Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea and lunches.

Cancellation condition

You may cancel free of charge up to four weeks before the start of the course. After this date you will be charged the University fee. Unless:

  • You can find someone to replace you in the course and supply the course coordinator with the name and contact information of your replacement.
    In this case you will only be charged a € 50,- cancellation fee.
  • You (PhDs and postdocs of Wageningen University) have a valid reason to cancel (illness or death in the family 1st or 2nd degree).
    In this case you will be charged the reduced fee and your supervisor/PI must send a mail indicating the reason for cancellation.


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