Introduction to Parliamentary Debating
A Personal Training Programme for Competitive Debaters and Adjudicators
2 days a week for 8 weeks (90 minutes per day)
12 - 24 participants per programme
Days 1 and 2: Persuasive communication
- Reasons and arguments
- Argumentative speech
- Practical activity: Is there anything that is undebatable?
Days 3 and 4: What does it mean to ‘win’ a debate?
- Burdens of proof and points of clash
- How will an average reasonable person adjudicate a debate?
- Practice activity: Are there any absolute truths?
Days 5 and 6: Parliamentary debating rules!
- Motions, definitions, and fair warning
- Speaker roles and team dynamics
- Practical activity: Debate match 1 of 3 (with individual feedback)
Days 7 and 8: Fallacies
- Common logical fallacies in arguments
- Contradictions, paradoxes, and ‘case shifts’
- Practical activity: What do we learn by judging others?
Days 9 and 10: Refuting arguments
- Formulating rebuttals
- Crafting counterarguments
- Practical activity: Prep time simulation!
Days 11 and 12: Making up stuff
- Analysing motions, defining a case, and developing arguments
- The secret to coming up with good arguments for new topics
- Practical activity: Debate match 2 of 3 (with individual feedback)
Days 13 and 14: The Vocabulary of Parliamentary Debating - 1
- Fundamentals of moral and political philosophy
- Practical activity: Assume, you are a philosopher!
(A unique game where you step into the shoes of today’s decision-makers and the greatest thinkers of all time to solve present-day problems.)
Days 15 and 16: The Vocabulary of Parliamentary Debating - 2
- Fundamentals of law and economics
- Practical activity: Debate match 3 of 3 (with individual feedback)