British Parliamentary debate is a globally recognized academic debate format, featuring four teams of two persons that engage each other through a series of seven-minute speeches interspersed with questions. This course is intended to serve as a hands-on introduction to the activity through in-class lectures, practice rounds, and video screenings. Classes will consist of lectures, drills, and presentations from experienced debaters. Students will be able to participate with the ultimate goal of being able to participate competitively in practice rounds either as debaters or as part of a panel of judges. Prior debate experience is helpful, but not necessary.
At the end of this DeCal course, students will be able to:
● Explain major economic, political, and social issues from multiple perspectives.
● Develop logical arguments on any given topic under time constraints.
● Present responsive and structured speeches to an audience.
● Compete comfortably in collegiate-level debating tournaments.
● Critically examine and find flaws in arguments they hear.
Public speaking skills are honed through regular practice. For this reason, attendance at every class is required. Students may have one unexcused absence during the semester. Each additional unexcused absence will result in a 10% deduction. Absences may be approved up to one week in advance. For weeks with assigned homework, attendance will only be counted if homework has been completed prior to class. Additionally, students are required to attend one debate tournament during the course.
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|Lecture||Diane Chao, Jennifer Yang, Samiha Chowdhury, Peter Zhang||50||219 Dwinelle||[Tu] 6:30PM-8:30PM||09/14/2001||Open||--||--|