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CMST 105 Debate I • 5 Cr.


Exposes students to argumentation structure in basic parliamentary debate and speech. Students spend a significant amount of time conducting research, preparing and debating. Students may choose to travel and compete at the collegiate level in speech & debate tournaments as well. Recommended: ENGL& 101.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • 1. Explain essential rules and responsibilities of parliamentary debate.
  • 2. Describe essential qualities of a variety of individual speech events (including, but not limited to, interpretation, extemporaneous, impromptu, expository speaking).
  • 3. Practice and use essential research skills and processes for finding, evaluating, and incorporating evidence.
  • 4. Explain ethical considerations and responsibilities as a speaker in a variety of settings (debate, individual events).
  • 5. Communicate effectively in a team setting.
  • 6. Think critically by preparing, delivering, self-analyzing and critiquing others' debates and individual activities.
  • 7. Identify, analyze, and provide effective argument structure for parliamentary debate topics.
  • 8. Apply a developing understanding of current events to various debate topics.



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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