Discussion and Debate for Policymakers

Course Number LAN0200E
Course Instructor Lewis
Term Spring

HelenThis course will help students to present their opinions in English with clarity and conviction. They will be encouraged to draw upon their interests to present and analyse arguments from news sources. We will cover a range of skills including research skills, analysing and critiquing arguments, and effective intonation and voice projection. This course is suitable for any student who would like to build competence in meetings and workplace discussions.

Course Outline

Week 1 Introduction
 
Week 2 Article discussion
and response 1
Week 3 Article discussion
and response 2
Week 4 Article discussion and response 3
Evaluate online sources
Week 5 Article discussion and response 4
Natural intonation
Week 6 Review
fourth article
Week 7 Article discussion and response 5
Fallacies 1
Week 8 Five-minute talk and question and answer.
‘How to fight terrorism’
Week 9 Article discussion and response 6
Fallacies 2
Week 10 Article discussion and response 7
Cognitive bias 1
Week 11 Article discussion and response 8
Cognitive bias 2
Week 12 Review 8th article 5
Asking open questions 1
Week 13 Article discussion and response 9
Asking open questions 2
Week 14 Article discussion and response 10
Asking open questions 3
Week 15 Final debate – Eight-minute arguments. Video taping, review, and feedback discussion.
Review of fallacies/cognitive biases/asking open questions

Grading

    Pass/Fail. Based on attendance, contribution in class to speeches and discussion

Textbooks

    Class materials will be provided by the instructor.

Note

    Students will be asked to use a free application, Socrative Student, from time to time to help give feedback to each other.