Workshop: Argumentation Basics and Adapting to Challenging Audiences


Sep. 25, 2018, 3pm to 4:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Graduate Commons (Room 2141)


When making arguments, students in all disciplines at all levels have difficulty properly expressing their main claim, proving the significance of that claim, providing a sound reasoning chain that proves the claim, and even more difficulty adapting sound argumentation to the realities of different audiences.  In this workshop, graduate students will work on the basics of argumentation and audience analysis, working to gain knowledge and skills related to public argument.

Learning objectives:

  1. To understand the nature of claims and their various stock issues
  2. To “map” subject positions relevant to an issue
  3. To apply that understanding and “mapping” through a case study
  4. To then apply that understanding to their own rhetorical situation as researchers (deliverable)

Deliverable (for GCCC participants only): The deliverable will be a short reflection piece (2-3 pages typed, 12 point font) applying the stock issues and reasoning chains to your area of research and research questions.

Facilitator: Dr. Michael Lane Bruner, Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies

Life Cycle Stage: Early, Middle, and Late Master’s & Early, Middle, and Late Doctoral

Learning Experience: Lecture

Pillars of Professional Development: Career Development, Transferable Skills, Communication

Admission Information

This workshop is open to UNLV graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Please RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for the workshop.

Contact Information

Graduate College
Valarie Burke

External Sponsor

UNLV Graduate College, GPSA, and Department of Communication Studies