Logic and Debate Elective
The purpose of this elective is twofold: to develop confidence and competence in the use of reason to find meaning and settle disputes and to develop public speaking and formal debate skills. The first semester of the course will focus on man, made in the image of God with a rational soul, the structure and nature of thought, and informal fallacies. The second semester will focus on analyzing historic speeches, practicing public speaking skills, and special projects. As an elective, grades will be largely based on participation and special projects. Depending on interest and availability, students will participate in competitive debate that will involve multiple schools (this project is not mandatory). Expect homework for this course and those who diligently participate will get the most out of the class.
Websites worth viewing
Novice Debate 2013 Resolve: Civil disobedience is morally justified in a democracy
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Topic: What is dialogue? What are the necessary conditions for dialogue? Watch the video below on Hillary Clinton and come to class with discussion.
Here is another favorite Monty Python skit: