Professional Master DCS
Discourse and Communication Studies Amsterdam

The Professional Master’s programme Discourse and Communication Studies aims to provide students with a solid theoretical and methodological foundation for understanding the way language is used for informative and argumentative purposes. The programme presents an overview of recent descriptive and normative research in language, and covers a broad range of topics, including conversational analysis, style, classical and modern rhetoric, informal logic, fallacies, and juridical and conversational argument.

Upon completion of the programme, students will have acquired an adequate knowledge of and insight into the main normative and descriptive theoretical approaches to the study of argumentation. This includes: pragma-dialectics and the main theoretical approaches to the study of discourse, including speech act theory and conversation analysis. In addition, students gain the skills necessary for:

  • analysing and evaluating argumentative discourse;
  • reading, analysing, evaluating and conducting independent research;
  • and producing both written and oral reports on research findings.

The programme also offers students the possibility to put theory into practice in a specially selected internship, in which communicative and argumentative skills play a central role.