Full course description
Debating skills are an important component of academic life. In this 200 level-project, students will prepare, present and defend a position for an academic debate. There will be a “yes” (pro) and a “no” (con) position for each group’s particular theme. The topics that are available are central issues that have emerged out of a wide range of UCV courses from different concentrations taught during the academic year. Each topic group will have two teams, each arguing one side of the case. In this course you will work on your debating and communication skills. The emphasis lies on delivery and content. It is not only important to think about what you deliver, but also about how you deliver it. It is your job to persuade an audience as to the correctness of your position. In order to do this, you need a coherently structured, logically laid out set of arguments that you will present in a clear and self-assured way. Your task is to make the issue involved come alive.
- To equip students with essential debating and communication skills.
- To introduce students to the practice of speaking in a public setting.
- To become an expert on a topic of their choice (the debate topic).
Students will choose, read and use literature that is related to their debate topic. Some of the literature will be suggested by the tutor; however, most literature has to be found by the students themselves.