Courses & Units

The Art of Persuasion: How to Build and Communicate Effective Arguments XBR201



This unit gives students the opportunity to build skills essential to crafting and communicating effective arguments. Every academic discipline and profession values the ability to articulate a clear argument and to support it with logical reasons and persuasive evidence. Achieving the learning outcomes of this unit will therefore enhance students' experiences of learning activities and assessment tasks in other units. The unit is based on the premise that arguments are essential in multiple contexts, including but not limited to education, the law, business, the media, politics and public policy, and everyday life. Knowing how to describe and defend (or indeed, concede) a particular point of view is important because it enhances individuals' capacity and confidence to express and refine their ideas. Further, argument is a means of inquiry: a process for grasping the nuances of any issue and for evaluating the relative strength of different perspectives. Students in this unit will: analyse a selection of polemical essays, speeches and other resources in order to better understand the techniques and strategies used by expert communicators to persuade audiences of particular points of view; learn how to respond critically and confidently to arguments presented by peers and in the public arena; and practice writing and speaking persuasively by completing a series of formative assessment tasks.


Unit name The Art of Persuasion: How to Build and Communicate Effective Arguments
Unit code XBR201
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School DVC Students & Education
Tasmanian Institute of Learning and Teaching (TILT)
Discipline Tasmanian School of Business & Economics|English|Geography and Spatial Science|Law
Teaching staff

Ralph Crane and others

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? Yes


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $793.00 2017: $2,207.00 100799

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2 x 100-level 12.5% units from any Faculty


Teaching Pattern

Internal: Recorded lectures; interactive workshops in select weeks; and online activities (e-tivities)

External: Recorded lectures; and online activities (e-tivities)

Internal and External: 20% e-tivities; 40% short essay; 40% oral presentation

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