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Unformatted text preview: Debate Guidelines Debate Format 1. Each Side Will Have 15 Minutes to Present Their Main Arguments 2. Both Sides Will Have 3 Minutes to Organize Their Rebuttal Comments 3. Each Side Will Have 5 Minutes to Present a Rebuttal 4. The Class Will question the Debate Teams (15 Minutes) There will be no “winners” or “losers” in the debate. The purpose of the debate is to highlight the key sources of conflict about the practice, explore the implications of the practice, and discuss alternative courses of action. Your job is to argue, clearly and concisely, the key issues for your side of the debate. It is likely that many of you will not agree wholeheartedly with the extreme position you must argue. However, regardless of your personal feelings, it is important that you argue strongly for your team’s position (affirmative or negative). You are not trying to win a popularity contest but rather trying to present your side persuasively (even if you don’t personally endorse this side and even if this side is not “politically correct” or popular). Taking the middle ground or compromise position does not make for an effective debate and does not allow the class to learn about the major sources of conflict surrounding controversial issues. During this Election year, it is important to base any discussion on facts rather than opinion. In the tradition of Freakonomics, keep in mind that “common knowledge” is often wrong. Assertions should be supported with facts that come...
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This note was uploaded on 01/07/2012 for the course MGT 420 taught by Professor Millikin during the Fall '08 term at ASU.
- Fall '08