DEBATE ASSIGNMENT --GNED1003


Look over some of the following social debate issues:

  1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT (FOR/AGAINST)
  2. EUTHANASIA (FOR/AGAINST)
  3. SQUEEGEE KIDS (FOR/AGAINST)
  4. GENETIC ENGINEERING (FOR/AGAINST)
  5. JERRY SPRINGER (SAINT/SINNER)
  6. SMOKING IN BARS AND RESTAURANTS (FOR/AGAINST)
  7. LEGALIZING PROSTITUTION (FOR/AGAINST)
  8. LEGALIZING MARIJUANA FOR RECREATIONAL USE (FOR/AGAINST)
  9. OTHER ISSUES DEVELOPED IN CLASS (WITH INSTRUCTOR APPROVAL)

In class we will discuss these and any others the class chooses.

In class you will form groups to debate one of the issues.

Your groups should contain from 10-12 people with 5-6 people evenly divided on two sides. Remember that opinions are nice, but evidence is what will convince others of your view. Choose your partners carefully. Try to include members in your group who you may be able to assist. (Don't leave the shy members in a group on their own!)

Review the article in the text about Fallacies of Reasoning.

You do not necessarily have to take the side you believe in.

Have your topic approved by the instructor. Select your day and debate time.

GROUP RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Choose a leader for the group.

The Group Leader will be responsible for the following:

a) Making an opening statement that summarizes your groups point of view. (just points don't present facts and evidence)

b) Moderating the debate -making sure that everyone speaks-controlling the wilder members

c) Presenting points with facts and researched evidence (bring your research to quote from)

d) Consult with members to coordinate the gathering of evidence

e) If you have a member who's point is not clear, you will assist that member by rephrasing the point

 

2. In your groups divide the potential points taking into consideration the points the other side will raise in response to your view point.

Group Member Responsibilities:

a) research the points chosen using reputable sources (bring your research to quote from)

b) consider what the other side will be presenting and prepare evidence to refute their points

c) consult with members to coordinate the gathering of evidence

DEBATE FORMAT:

1. OPENING STATEMENT GROUP ONE

2. OPENING STATEMENT GROUP TWO

*GROUP 1 FIRST POINT -----GROUP 2 REFUTE

*GROUP 2 FIRST POINT----GROUP 1 REFUTE

*GROUP 1 SECOND POINT---GROUP 2 REFUTE

*GROUP 2 SECOND POINT--GROUP 1 REFUTE

------UNTIL ALL POINTS ARE MADE

CLOSING SUMMARY GROUP 1

CLOSING SUMMARY GROUP 2

EVALUATION

ALTHOUGH YOU WILL BE WORKING IN A GROUP, YOU WILL BE EVALUATED BY THE CLASS INDIVIDUALLY. YOUR MARK WILL BE AN AVERAGE OF THE MARKS GIVEN BY THE CLASS.

REMEMBER IF YOU DO NOT SPEAK YOU WILL GET NO MARK. IF YOU DO NOT PRESENT ANY RESEARCHED EVIDENCE YOU WILL GET NO MARK.

This project is worth 25% of the final mark.

All members must be present on the date chosen. If for any reason a student can not be in class for the debate, that student must contact the instructor prior to the debate date; otherwise, no make up date will be allowed.


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