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Writing an academic argument


This workshop, presented by the Writing Lab on behalf of the Postgraduate Office, is aimed at SU postgraduate students who are working on their research proposals/protocols, theses, dissertations or academic articles. The workshop will provide you with the opportunity to refine your research argument in an interactive, practical way and help you find solutions to your questions about academic writing in general. ​The following topics will be addressed during the workshop:

  • ​The basics of argumentation
  • Integrating other voices
  • Developing your own voice
  • Argumentation structures and strategies

Please note: This is a workshop, not a presentation. Participants will be required to work together and to discuss aspects of textual construction with each other.

Contact and booking details​​

Please note that we will confirm your place on receipt of your application. Booking is essential and places are limited. 


This workshop is funded by the Postgraduate Office. There is no cost ​for registered SU postgraduates who sign up and attend, however, in the case of late cancellations or non-attendance, applicants will be responsible for the full workshop fee since late cancellations and non-attendance have considerable cost implications for our office.​​​​

Times​​​​ and format:

In-person workshops 
Stellenbosch central campus. Venue to be confirmed with successful applicants. 
Time: 09:00-13:00 

(Online sessions via Microsoft Teams) 
The workshop consists of two sessions per day:
Time: 09:00-13:00 (with short breaks in-between).

Please note you must be available to attend all days of this offering. The workshop material will only be be made available for those who attend. ​

Click on a workshop sign-up link below to secure your place.

​​The Postgraduate Skills Development Programme reserves the right to reshedule or to cancel a workshop if there is not enough interest. Registrations close five days before a workshop or when the workshop has reached capacity. 

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