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What is “debate”?
Well? What is it?
From The Debaters: “Debate is combat, but your weapons are words.”
Prime Minister Gordon Brown on the hot seat. . .
And closer to home. . . the Doha Debates, journalist v. guest.
British Parliamentary style
An engagement in language between two or more persons or teams over an issue of shared interest and importance wherein each side
- presents a specific claim, called a motion,
- supports or opposes that motion by offering a chain of reasons based in evidence and critical thought,
- seeks to discredit their opponent’s position,
- and therefore move the discussion forward.
How is it done?
First, we must establish the motion, something like
- “This House believes that immigrants to the UAE should be taxed.”
- “This House supports the establishment of post-secondary co-education.”
For? or Against?
Next, we establish who will speak for the motion, and who will speak against it.
- Those who speak for constitute the proposition.
- Those who speak against constitute the opposition.
Who goes first?
- The proposition begins, outlining its basic position, and offering several fundamental reasons.
- The opposition follows, responding to the proposition, and establishing its own position.
- Each responds to the other in the same order, both undermining their opponents’ arguments, and strengthening or clarifying their own.
- Finally, each side summarizes the strengths of its position, and points out the weaknesses in their opponents’ arguments.
Let’s try it!
Motion of the proposition:
“This House would require all students to participate in formal debates because. . .”
“This side of the House would not require all students to participate in formal debates because. . .”
What can debate do for you?
Debate reinforces skills already taught at the university:
What can you do for the Debate Society?
Cheer us on, keep us honest!
Support communications and promotions
Help with the organization and administration
Contribute research, perspective, and constructive criticism
Debate! (Speak Up!)
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“Speak Up!” (uaeudebate.blogspot.com) is a great place to start!
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