Ph.D in Argumentation Studies

Ph.D in Argumentation Studies

Argumentation is a form of communicative interaction by means of which social realities - institutions, groups and relationships - are construed and managed. People develop argumentation in numerous purposeful activities: to make sound and well-thought decisions, to critically found their opinions, to persuade other people of the validity of their own proposals and to evaluate others' proposals. These activities are bound to the contexts in which they take place and are significantly determined by these contexts; thus argumentation too, as the bearing structure of these activities, moulds its strategies in connection with these very different contexts: from families and schools to social and political institutions, from financial markets to media discourse and journalism, from social and ethical debate to the economic and financial sphere.

The doctoral program originates from this awareness and is therefore constituted by a research and teaching endeavor focused on the study of argumentative practices embedded in different social contexts and shaping the communicative practices and interactions that constitute these contexts. The program is designed to meet the needs of a labor market where communication is global and takes an increasing variety of forms with implications for law and policy development, human resources, research, conflict management, and educational development,

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