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How to Argue

The new and expanded edition of this short skills text elucidates key techniques and best practice for ensuring a cohesive, rigorous and convincing argument can be presented within an academic context. Appropriate for students across the disciplines, the author first deconstructs the basic principles that make good argument, and then - using appropriate examples and case studies to illustrate  develops practical skills and techniques for students to apply in their academic career and beyond. Practical exercises encourage self-learning and application of the techniques.
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Table of Contents

Contents Acknowledgements How to use this book: Quick Route Introduction: How Not to Argue The art of the plausible: argument in the real world 1 Getting Started: the first steps in developing your argument 2 Structuring Your Argument: putting your ideas in order 3 Arguments for All Occasions: different assingments require different approaches 4 How to Criticise Arguments: key terms for critical engagement 5 Arguing Out Loud: Oral Presentations: how to stand up and deliver a convincing argument 6 How to be Original: making your argument stand out Afterword: Having Something to Say References Further reading Glossary

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This easy-to-use guide identifies and addresses the areas where most students need help with preparing and presenting a coherent and considered argument and provides straightforward, practical tips and solutions that will enable you to assess and then improve your performance and get better results  and better grades!

About the Author

Alastair Bonnett is Professor of Social Geography in the school of Geography, Politics & Sociology at Newcastle University.

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