Submission Title

A British Parliamentary Debate Demonstration by the Linfield College Forensics Team

Location

Kenneth W. Ford Hall

Subject Area

Communication Arts/Rhetoric

Description

College and university students throughout the world engage in British Parliamentary (BP) debate, an academic format with origins in British parliamentary procedure. Each debate involves four two-person teams. Two teams (“proposition” or “government”) support the resolution (the topic) and two teams (“opposition”) oppose. BP debate is about using good speaking skills to present logical arguments, and teams are encouraged to incorporate philosophical arguments into the debate. The first six speeches in the debate (known as a "round") feature a mix of constructive arguments (new arguments for one’s side) and rebuttal arguments (refutation of the arguments presented by one’s opponents). A BP debate round concludes with two “whip” speeches, where each side summarizes the significant arguments presented throughout the round and presents reasons why their team should win the debate.

This demonstration debate will feature a current events topic, which is common in British Parliamentary debate intercollegiate competition.

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A British Parliamentary Debate Demonstration by the Linfield College Forensics Team

Kenneth W. Ford Hall

College and university students throughout the world engage in British Parliamentary (BP) debate, an academic format with origins in British parliamentary procedure. Each debate involves four two-person teams. Two teams (“proposition” or “government”) support the resolution (the topic) and two teams (“opposition”) oppose. BP debate is about using good speaking skills to present logical arguments, and teams are encouraged to incorporate philosophical arguments into the debate. The first six speeches in the debate (known as a "round") feature a mix of constructive arguments (new arguments for one’s side) and rebuttal arguments (refutation of the arguments presented by one’s opponents). A BP debate round concludes with two “whip” speeches, where each side summarizes the significant arguments presented throughout the round and presents reasons why their team should win the debate.

This demonstration debate will feature a current events topic, which is common in British Parliamentary debate intercollegiate competition.