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Defending your argument (W22R)

Defending an argument represents an author’s ability to articulate a position, showcase its value and persuade readers of its validity when openly challenged. Essentially, this process starts when criticism is raised, calling for a response. This session explores effective ways to defend an argument, and strategies to absorb successfully open criticism when being examined.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

  • an understanding of defending an argument as a cognitive, as well as emotional process
  • learned methods to argue convincingly and confidently
  • learned preparation methods for coping with open criticism
  • learned how to separate fact from its emotional impact.


Additional information:


Who is it for? Postgraduate research students at an advanced stage of their research. To register for this workshop, you must be enrolled on (or recently graduated from) one of the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, Masters by Research, EngD, EdD, professional doctorate.

Is any preparation required? No

Is catering provided? No

Who is the tutor? Dr Mihai Balanescu