Course code: RETN06
Swedish title: Retorik: Retorik, demokrati och deltagande
Credits: 7.5

Teaching – autumn semester of 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our courses and programmes. Teaching and assessment during the first half of the autumn semester 2021 will be conducted both online and on campus. From 1 November more elements will be conducted on campus – the current schedule is available on course websites and/or in Canvas.

Study period: autumn semester 2021
Type of studies: part time, 50 %, day
Study period: 2021-10-11 – 2022-01-16
Language of instruction: English
Application code: LU-36061


Democracy is happening all around us. The term ‘rhetoric’ might make us think of the legendary speeches of world leaders or contemporary political campaigning – but if democracy is government by the people, then the everyday rhetorical activities of people participating in society are just as important to study and understand. This is a course for you who want to examine, reflect on and learn more about the role of rhetoric in contemporary politics and civic engagement.

The course focuses on the possible and actual roles of rhetoric in contemporary liberal democracies from the perspective of civic participation in political contexts. The course takes a broad view on democracy and civic engagement, and sets out from the study of rhetoric in a wider sense than the analysis of specific texts. During the course, we will familiarise with theories and methods for analysing the practices of rhetorical participation from the close, individual level to the overarching public level. Students are provided with general knowledge and understanding of the links between rhetoric, democracy and citizen participation.


The course content:

The course builds on inquiry based learning. This means that you will get to choose and examine a case throughout the duration of the course, and build your understanding of the course material through application – and discussions with your peers and teachers.

Through performing an empirical case study, and participating in seminars and workshops, you will examine rhetorical issues of contemporary democratic culture.

The possibilities of rhetorical participation to serve as a constructive contribution to the development of democracy are examined against the background of current research, taking into account languages and adaptation, insights into usage and style, the links between form and content, source criticism and the presentation itself. Furthermore, the course addresses societal and relational conditions and their importance for participants and audiences in public deliberations.

The course is suitable for students with a bachelor degree in rhetoric, the communication sciences, political and social sciences, or equivalent.




This course is not open as a freestanding course next semester. It can be open for application within a programme or for students in an exchange programme. Please ask your academic advisor for information.

How to apply

Lund University uses a national application system run by University Admissions in Sweden. It is only possible to apply during the application periods: October–January for autumn semester and June–August for spring semester.

Extended application deadline

Sometimes the application deadline is extended for a specific programme or course. In these cases you will find the message "open for late application" by the programme/course information on You apply with the usual application steps. As long as this message is showing, it is possible to apply, but late applications are processed in order of date, so it is still important to apply as soon as possible. Please note that if the programme/course does not have an extended deadline, it is not possible to apply late.

First or Second Admission Round?

All international students are encouraged to apply to the First admission round. This round takes place many months before the start of a semester and gives students the time they need to pay their tuition fees, apply for and receive their residence permit (if required), find housing, etc.

The Second admission round is an alternative for students from EU/EEA countries as they do not need a residence permit. Non-EU/EEA students will most likely not have enough time to obtain their permit before the start of the semester. However, even EU/EEA students are advised to apply during the First admission round, as some programmes can be applied for only in the January round. Also, this provides applicants with an admission decision much earlier, which is helpful in making decisions about their studies.

Tuition Fees

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. You pay one instalment of the tuition fee in advance of each semester.

Read more about tuition fees, payments and exemptions

EU/EEA citizens and Switzerland

There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Application fee

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply at You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

Read more about paying the University Admissions in Sweden application fee and exemptions

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