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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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Contents AcknowledgementsHow to use this book: Quick Route Introduction: How Not to ArgueThe art of the plausible: argument in the real world 1 Getting Started: the first steps in developing your argument2 Structuring Your Argument: putting your ideas in order3 Arguments for All Occasions: different assingments require different approaches4 How to Criticise Arguments: key terms for critical engagement5 Arguing Out Loud: Oral Presentations: how to stand up and deliver a convincing argument6 How to be Original: making your argument stand outAfterword: Having Something to SayReferencesFurther readingGlossary

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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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