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Framing: Creating powerful political messages

Delft University of Technology via edX

Overview

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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The course materials of this course are Copyright Delft University of Technology and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) 4.0 International License.

Credits banner Photo Obama by NASA CC BY-NC Photo Thatcher by British Wallpaper CC BY-NC-SA

Syllabus

Chapter 1
Episode 1 What is a frame?
Episode 2 What is the impact of a frame?

Chapter 2
Episode 3: Victims, villains and heroes
Episode 4: The 3P Model: Policy, Principle, Personality

Chapter 3
Episode 5: Playing with the downsides of your opponents’ values
Episode 6: Hijacking your opponents’ values

Chapter 4
Intermezzo about speeching: Episode 7: speaking like Obama
Episode 8: Playing with competing perspectives
Episode 9: Meta-framing
Episode 10: The moral aspects of framing

Chapter 5
Episode 11: Sharing and transcending a dilemma
Episode 12: Creating a monopoly of emotion

Taught by

Bauke Steenhuisen, Jet Pagnier and Hans de Bruijn

Reviews

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  • Kml completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    interesting topic, not that difficult to explain, yet much harder to apply (both in understanding and speaking). The course was well structured and had good examples of everything.
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