Michael C. Souders
Lecture, seminar, and/or team study. Topics vary.
Introduces key techniques in the practice of debating public issues and critically observing and examining public debates. Class will focus on the key arguments surrounding major public issues and developing skills to engage in effective argument exchanges.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to critically examine public issue controversies to grasp the major issues at hand.
Students will learn to distinguish quality public argument from public arguments that seek to mislead the public or avoid engagement in major issues.
Students will learn to analyze audiences in order to gain an understanding of what persuades audiences and why many major public issues debates or arguments fail to resolve most conflicts.
Students will learn key techniques of effective arguments construction and rebuttal.
Students will learn effective delivery skills appropriate to several types of public debate.
General method of instruction
No required prerequisite. Any of the following would be very helpful: COM 220 Introduction to Public Speaking COM 234 Public Debate COM 320 Advanced Public Speaking COM 334 Fundamentals of Argument COM 434 Argumentation Theory
Class assignments and grading
Grading will consist of class participation, debate criticism papers, exams, and performances in debates.