352.490 Rhetoric body language and training in assertiveness and argumentation
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC, to be held in blocked form


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to

  • plan and prepare speeches, presentations and other public performances
  • keep their audience under suspence
  • analyse their own communcation style and adopt it to any situation (formal and informal)
  • interprete the signals of their own bodylanguage and
  • adopt their behaviours, stay authentic,and get obstacles in their body language under controll.
  • interprete body signals of your dialogue partner and respond properly

Subject of course

Content of the lecture:

  • beginning of a speech
  • how to keep suspense during a speech
  • fascinating the audience
  • use your own body supportive(mimic, gesture and outfit)
  • argumentation techniques

Teaching methods

  • many practical inputs
  • few theory-inputs
  • discussion
  • group tasks
  • exercises (eg elevator pitch)
  • training of own communication behaviour (speech, presentation)

Mode of examination


Additional information

necessary preparation:

  • a speech and a presentation (details per mail a few days before) 

Emil Hierhold, Sicher präsentieren - wirksam vortragen. ISBN 3-7064-0666-7
Ingrid Amon, Die Macht der Stimme. ISBN 3-7064-0686-1




Examination modalities

  • mandatory participation on all days
  • cooperation, collaboration


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Wed - 03.07.2024assessedno application-Prüfung P
Thu - 11.07.2024assessedno application-Prüfung W

Group dates

Gruppe P09:00 - 18:0001.07.2024 - 03.07.2024Seminarraum 366 Gruppe P
Gruppe W09:00 - 18:0009.07.2024 - 11.07.2024Seminarraum 366 Gruppe W

Course registration

Use Group Registration to register.

Group Registration

GroupRegistration FromTo
Gruppe P01.06.2024 08:0030.06.2024 18:00
Gruppe W09.06.2024 08:0008.07.2024 18:00



No lecture notes are available.

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