Introduction to Parliamentary Debating

A Personal Training Programme for Competitive Debaters and Adjudicators

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2 days a week for 8 weeks (90 minutes per day)

12 - 24 participants per programme

 

Week 1

Days 1 and 2: Persuasive communication

  • Reasons and arguments
  • Argumentative speech
  • Practical activity: Is there anything that is undebatable?

 

Week 2

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?  

 

Week 3

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)

 

Week 4

Days 7 and 8: Fallacies

  • Common logical fallacies in arguments
  • Contradictions, paradoxes, and ‘case shifts’
  • Practical activity: What do we learn by judging others?

 

 

Week 5

Days 9 and 10: Refuting arguments

  • Formulating rebuttals
  • Crafting counterarguments
  • Practical activity: Prep time simulation!

 

Week 6

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)

 

Week 7

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.)

 

Week 8

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)