Would you like to express yourself clearly and specifically in your studies, at work, in daily life and in social contexts? Would you like to examine how the tools of rhetoric have developed from the time of Cicero to the concept of cyberspace?
Rhetoric is the art of speaking well– how you communicate a message and adapt your communication to a specific recipient, and how you analyse expressions and intentions. However, rhetoric is not only important in oral communication. The written genres, media, TV, advertising and images also target a specific audience and a particular situation.
In the subsidiary subject in rhetoric and communication, you gain an insight into rhetoric and learn how to apply the tools of rhetoric in practice.
As a rhetoric and communication student, you learn:
In addition, you learn about the history of rhetoric and get an overview of key rhetorical theories and methodologies, as well as classical rhetorical concepts.
In your rhetoric and communication studies, you deal with questions such as:
In order to be admitted to a supplementary subject, you have to be enrolled in a bachelor’s degree programme at a Danish university. Furthermore, the academic regulations of the bachelor’s degree programme have to allow for a combination with a supplementary subject.
You also have to meet the admission requirements for the supplementary subject in question. You can familiarise yourself with the requirements on the Danish version of this page by clicking on Danish in the top right corner.
Read more about admission to supplementary subjects.
As a student it is important to know the regulations for the chosen supplementary subject: what is the content, how is it structured and what does it require from you.
You can find this information in the academic regulations. There is a regulation for both bachelor’s supplementary subject and master’s supplementary subject:
In the following graphical presentation of the subject you can see the different modules and courses that, in addition, link to the course catalogue where you can read the course descriptions.
During the first year, you attend classroom lessons with students taking rhetoric and communication as a supplementary subject.
Your teaching combines practical workshops with classroom lessons and lectures.
Rhetoric and communication is taught at the former barracks in Langelandsgade – along with other subjects at the Institute of Aesthetic Studies: art history, music studies, comparative literature, aesthetics and culture, and dramaturgy. The barracks are surrounded by lawns that are used for relaxation, rounders, football, etc. on sunny days.
In addition to your studies, there are many other activities available in your spare time.
You can also visit the Department of Dramaturgy’s “storyteller” café, for example, go to seminars at other aesthetic degree programmes, attend lectures and dissertation defence, intro days, sports days and much more. See the calendar for more information.
When the weekend is approaching, and you have completed your homework for the following week, there is plenty to do at the barracks.
With a subsidiary subject in rhetoric and communication, you are qualified to apply for jobs as a teacher of rhetoric at upper secondary schools or at other educational institutions, such as folk high schools, continuation schools and training colleges.
You should note, however, that rhetoric is a minor subject at upper secondary school. You can therefore improve your chances of getting a job as an upper secondary schoolteacher by combining rhetoric with a major subject (e.g. Danish, English, history or social science) and avoid a combination with another minor or medium subject.
For more information about work at upper secondary schools, see the University of Aarhus web site or gymnasiejob.dk.
Your studies also teach you skills in communication, information, analysis and criticism, so in addition to working as a teacher, you are qualified to work in the following areas: