Christi L. Siver
H A&S 350
Discussion of selected topics in a variety of subject-matter fields. Topics and reading material vary from year to year. For university honors students only. Credit/no credit only.
Thinking critically and communicating clearly are two of the most important skills students can develop; the earlier students can develop these skills, the sooner they can really take advantage of the educational opportunities that lie before them. This seminar will serve as an introduction to competitive speech and debate, and will teach skills of critical thinking, organization, and public speaking. The course will center on events common at competitive collegiate level, including individual events and team debate.
Joseph Joubert, a French moralist, once said, It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle it without debate. Given the multitude of controversial issues currently in our society, no skill is in more demand than the ability to articulate reasoned viewpoints that contribute to the creation of good policy.
Students in this seminar will write speeches, participate in practice debates, and have the opportunity to travel to and participate in a speech and debate tournament.
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