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LS1465 Rhetoric - Speaking and Writing for Impact 7.5 credits

Discover the techniques to inform your audiences effectively and to convince them of your arguments.

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

Target group

Elective course for all programmes.

Part of programme

Master's Programme, Information and Network Engineering, åk 1, Recommended

Master's Programme, Information and Network Engineering, åk 2, Recommended


P3 (7.5 hp)


16 Jan 2024
15 Mar 2024

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

18 - 27

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 16 Jan 2024 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1465 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The following is treated in the course:
• rhetorical strategies, dispositions and structures
• rhetorical fundamental concepts and figures of speech
• adaptation to target group, contact with audience and stage fright
• text and sentence structure

Typical oral assignments:
• an informative oral presentation
• an argumentative oral presentation
• a rhetorical oral debate on a controversial topic

Typical written assignments:
• a written revision of a text
• an argument text
• a short written analysis of a speech

Intended learning outcomes

The course intends to develop the student's language skills and global competence for efficient academic and professional communication.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

-write effective texts and speak before an audience in a structured and efficient way that is adapted to the target group

-give an account of and analyse different rhetorical strategies and apply these in his/her speeches and texts

-work actively in structuring a speech and with the writing process, for example by giving and taking constructive criticism

-account for insights in the language, the history and the culture of the English-speaking world

-adapt his written and oral communication to target groups from different backgrounds

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

This course focuses on specific skills in English. At the start of the course, the student should therefore have general English skills equivalent to at least level B2 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The students are responsible themselves to check their prior knowledge through a test taken before choosing the course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 7.5 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

All course components passed. 75% attendance requirement

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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