In Search of Intelligent Debate


Democracy is only as strong as the discourse and decision-making of its citizens, yet across the world, individuals are increasingly unable to resolve or mediate competing claims.

This course will teach students how to elevate the state of our discourse – whether across the dinner table, in the classroom or on the national stage.  Students will examine the history of US debate, analyze different debates and techniques, and learn how to construct reasoned, fact-based arguments. Students will hear from experienced debaters and moderators from the national stage and will work in teams to research and produce a final debate project.

By the end of this course, students will understand the different styles of debate and how to construct a reasoned, fact based argument appropriate for different types of debate.  Students will also understand how to listen to competing points of view in order to enhance their ability for informed discussion.  In addition, students will have experienced firsthand how to construct and participate in an active debate.

Please visit the Office of the Registrar for more information about this course.