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Policy Debate

Policy Debate.  The original debate format, students who engage in Policy debate debate two on two on a similar topic for the entire year, though they do debate subsets of the topic. For example, this year’s Policy debate topic in the US is immigration reform. Subsets that students debate include refugees, family separation, and H-1B visas.  Students who compete in Policy debate talk very quickly and it is a very research intensive form of debate. Many students who participate in Policy debate spend 4-7 weeks during the summer at debate camps preparing for competition.  We provide instruction with helping students learn Policy debate, helping students improve their skills, and helping students prepare to debate the topics.

Tournament Preparation– Students can choose from the following two hour classes

Topicality and topicality arguments on the topic
US hegemony and leadership
Economics of immigration
Capitalism Kritik
Race kritiks
Midterms and other politics arguments
Debate theory
Types of kritiks

Others are available upon request.

Introduction to Policy Debate — 16 Hours

The purpose of this class is to teach students the very basics of  Policy debate using sample arguments from the refugees debate.

Class 1 –Introduction to Competitive Debate

A. Generally, what is it?
B. Why is it valuable/what you will learn
C. Debate in the World
(1) China/East Asia
(2) The US
D. Debate tournaments
E. Intro to basic argumentation
Homework: Read an Intro to Policy debate e article

Class 2 – Introduction to Policy Debate and Case Construction

A. The basics of argumentation
B. The basics of Policy debate
C. Case Construction – How to and samples
D. Working on case outline with sample topic that is easy for students
Homework: Read a sample article about the topic

Class 3 – Case Construction and Card cutting

A. Work an outline for a case based on what students read in the article
B. Discuss how to cut cards and find actual cards in the article
C. Find more cards and put them into the case
D. Provide two more articles for students, work with them to find articles
Homework: Finish constructive cases

Class 4: Cases

A. Review constructive speeches
B. Intro to public speaking basics
C. Applying public speaking basics to constructive speeches
D. Practicing the speeches

Class 5: Cross-x/Research

A. Intro to cross-x
B. Practice cross-x
C. Intro to basic research (using Chinese search engine) and Google (where relevant)
Homework: Find three relevant articles, with a focus on the Negative side of the debate

Class 6 : 1NC

A. Types of off-case arguments
B. Organizing the 1NC — off case and on case
C. Practice crossfire (review crossfire skills)
D. Very basic flowing skills
Homework: Finish case arguments

Class 7: The Attack

A. Introduction to Rebutting arguments
B. Identifying weaknesses in the structure of arguments.
C. Understanding and identifying the different types of logic and reasoning (ie. inductive, deductive)
D. Intro to logical fallacies
E. What logical fallacies people can make when creating arguments Homework: Identify logical fallacies in research

Class 8: The 2AC as Rebuttal

A. Types of Rebuttal arguments – offensive/defensive
B. Introduction to turns and disadvantages
C. How to organize the Rebuttal
D. Answers to briefs
E. Review of arguments from 1NC
Homework: Write answers to 1NC arguments

Class 9:  The Negative Block — 2NC/1NR as rebuttal

Applying what was learned in class 8 to the 2NC/1NR

Homework: Write a rebuttal brief to 1NR arguments

Class 10: The 1AR

Class 11: Flowing arguments

A. Comprehensive flowing discussion
B. Practice Flowing

Class 12: The 2NR

A. Intro to the 2NR
B. Writing argument summaries, responding to the 1AR, Weighing

Class 13: The 2AR

A. Intro to the 2NR
B. Writing argument summaries, responding to the 1AR, Weighing

Class 14: Review and practice debate

Class 15: Practice debate

Class 16: Practice debate, class conclusion