Analyzing Texts and Arguments
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB105
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. A.S. Kleinherenbrink
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dr. A.S. Kleinherenbrink
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Contactperson for the course
dr. A.S. Kleinherenbrink
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Academic year2018
PER1-PER2  (03/09/2018 to 06/01/2019)
Starting block
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Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
PPS students carry out philosophical analyses of complex societal issues. This requires the ability to read and analyze textual sources thoroughly as well as critically. This course teaches you to use text diagrams to represent the structure, arguments, problems, and conclusions in a text.
Philosophy engages with some of the most difficult and important problems known to humanity. Analyses of such problems are often complex and multi-layered, whether they take the form of scientific studies, journalism, policy documents, or philosophical theories. It is therefore crucial that you learn how to read texts slowly, thoroughly, and critically. In short, you need to become an academic reader.

This course teaches you the fundamentals of academic reading. You will learn to use text diagrams to represent what a text is really about. These diagrams allow you to clearly represent a text’s main problem or thesis, plus its arguments, conclusions, and overall structure. You will practice creating text diagrams for various text types, including essays, treatises, journal articles, pamphlets, lectures, manifestos, and (parts of) books.

No preparation is required for the first, introductory class, but it is useful if you read the syllabus beforehand. Before every subsequent class, you extract a text diagram from a short text. You upload this diagram to Brightspace before class starts and also bring a printed version to class. Classes take the form of workshops in which we compare, discuss, and improve our analyses of the text.
Test information
This is a pass/fail course. Students do not receive a 1-10 grade based on a final test, but pass or fail the course based on their assignments.

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Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typeAssignment
OpportunitiesBlock TENT2, Block TENT3