Framing: How Politicians Debate

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Is a good, solid argument enough to make an impact? How would you disprove the stance that man-made global warming is just an “opinion”? How would you explain your opinion on school tests, budget cuts, crime, immigration, safety and security issues?  No doubt that your persuasiveness relies on your arguments. But your ability to influence and convince critically depends on the way you frame your message.

In today’s world, you often need to reduce a complex reality to a concise and convincing message. Framing is an approach that deals with the way we convey our message: our words, images, and metaphors. To take one basic characteristic, a good frame engages the listeners’ values and emotions – it is easy to remember and it is something that people will usually agree with intuitively.

When you enter into a debate, you might be faced with frames of your opponents – and you will have to reframe the debate. This game of framing...

Is a good, solid argument enough to make an impact? How would you disprove the stance that man-made global warming is just an “opinion”? How would you explain your opinion on school tests, budget cuts, crime, immigration, safety and security issues?  No doubt that your persuasiveness relies on your arguments. But your ability to influence and convince critically depends on the way you frame your message.

In today’s world, you often need to reduce a complex reality to a concise and convincing message. Framing is an approach that deals with the way we convey our message: our words, images, and metaphors. To take one basic characteristic, a good frame engages the listeners’ values and emotions – it is easy to remember and it is something that people will usually agree with intuitively.

When you enter into a debate, you might be faced with frames of your opponents – and you will have to reframe the debate. This game of framing and reframing makes the debate to look like a chessboard made out of words. Of course, politicians play this game, trying to pull the debate towards their own words and metaphors in order to win their audience. But the game can be found everywhere: in the world of business, science, media – even at home.

We invite you to join our journey of learning the game of framing and reframing. You will discover how this game is played, and how you can play it yourself. 

This course suits people who are engaged with and interested in public and political debates. Not only people from the public sector will find it useful, but also engineers, consultants, managers and anyone who wants to make an impact in discussions and debates.

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Alaa Ageela

6/10 starsDropped
1 year, 4 months ago
it's a new concept for me and I think it's interesting to follow it up. one reason for attending; improving communication skills.
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Jesse Cox

10/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 3 months ago
As an attorney I appreciate the concept of using framing to make your arguments persuasive. This course had excellent content and the professors presented the information in an organized manner.
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 5 months ago
Very useful information both for general education and professional communication. If anyone believes the course is not thorough enough, I can only say it is great that you have enough interest in the subject to notice the flaws, but for the rest of us this course is a great introduction or reminder of some very useful communication strategies. Will seek and apply for more courses by these lecturers in the future!
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10/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
Interesting course, lots of examples, useful tips and I really did learn a lot. Like never step into the frame of your opponent. It's funny that now I notice how many politicians have no knowledge of this at all! Why didn't they take a course like this one?
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Misty Fastu

1/10 starsCompleted
2 years, 8 months ago
Not a great course. Ive taken many MOOCs but this one doesnt deal with the topic very well. I wouldnt recommend it.
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Vish Apru

1/10 starsTaking Now
2 years, 8 months ago
A very lackadaisical approach by the organizers of this class where they do no actual lecturing, but rather provide wiki-like information that you can find its superior in published literature. People should take more pride in their work.
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9/10 starsCompleted
3 years ago
I think that the course can provide more proffesniol knowledge. I think that it was great exprience to learn in the course, but it may not have the most proffesniol course, it seems littlebit dull.
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Kamala R

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
One must take this course, if he/she aspire to acquire a leadership position in future. As a leader, one has to articulate on various topics with conflicting pros- and cons-. The course teaches how to argue on any topic following a few standard framing techniques. It also teaches how to avoid falling in to the traps of opponents as well. In the election time, this course is going to be even more valuable to understand why certain candidate use particular frames (words, stories, analogies, pictures).
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Vadim Mihalevsky

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 2 months ago
In our time of twisted political and social life, global, dramatically shrinking world with "distant" political and social policies affecting us almost immediately - this course is essential for anyone who want to understand the way politicians do their debating and persuade the publics. In sum, this course is pure gold for anyone who want to understand and implement the power of rhetorics and framing in everyday life.
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Hector Muñoz

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
Pretty Insightful course about issues in debating that one does not regularly think of. Great for people who want to polish their debating, argumentation and persuasion skills! Also great that ethics is covered in the course..
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Nick H

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 5 months ago
When I introduce the idea of MOOCs, I recommend this course. I constantly recommend it to my school's Model UN and Model Congress clubs and feel that everyone can benefit from the skills this course teaches.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
im very interesting to join this course. Some irregular and attracted vocabularies are very important to be polite and convinced
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