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How to Judge Debates


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This week we'll be going over the plans for the training sessions for the rest of this term with the new debate director and then a workshop on how to judge debates.

Our debate trainings are primarily for members of Lund Debate Society. However, we do welcome everyone who is interested in joining us or interested in learning more about the topic of the session. If you want to try debating and get a proper introduction to the British Parliamentary style format of debate, then we suggest you first come on a Tuesday debate café.

About competitive BP debating

Why debate?
Debating competitively is not only fun and extremely intellectually challenging, but it is also the most time efficient way to improve public speaking, knowledge about the world and critical analysis of arguments. It also inevitably stimulates the participants to consider the opponents' standpoint and allows you to explore ideas that you have never before thought about.

What format do we use?
The most commonly used format in international debating is the British Parliamentary format. The specific topic of every debate is called a 'motion' and are most commonly phrased beginning with "This house believes..." or "This house would...", followed by a statement or course of action. The eight debaters are divided into teams of two and allocated as either 'for' (Government) or 'against' (Opposition). Note that there are two government teams and two opposition teams. Speakers then prepare for 15 minutes after which they proceed to debate by holding shorter speeches of max 7 minutes one after another starting with the 'Prime minister' of 'Opening government'. After the debate, a panel of judges will confer and decide the winning team of the debate based on their persuasiveness compared to the other teams with the underlying perspective that they represent the "averagely informed global citizen".

/The board of Lund Debate Society