The main focus of this course is on developing debating techniques such as the formulation of convincing arguments under pressure and the analysis of competing ideas. In order to do this, we will analyse various political debates held in the UK and the USA. A further aspect of the course is the improvement of public speaking skills in general and we shall do this by analysing the rhetorical techniques used in the delivery of inspiring speeches given by Barack Obama, Steve Jobs and J.K. Rowling amongst others. Students are required to participate in class debates on a variety of contemporary controversial issues.
Please register by 7 October 2019 using the following link: https://moodle.hu-berlin.de/course/view.php?id=73748
Exchange students only: Please register by 9 October 2019 (4pm) via email to Eimear.Kelly@staff.hu-berlin.de.