Task Description: The objective of this assignment is to build students’ abilities to structure arguments based on evidence and structured reasoning, including identify consensus methods for identifying coherent group arguments.
As a group, you are expected to choose any one of the following debating topics.
o Companies should have a quota for women on corporate boards
o We should have performance pay for teachers
o Compulsory voting should be abolished in Australia
o Australia should become a republic
o Organisations should undertake action to reduce their gender pay gap.
o Corporate social responsibility practices should be mandatory for all Australian Organisations
o Managing climate/environmental risks should be a part of all organizational policies
o Australia should continuously encourage migration in today’s world
o Countries should protect their economy with tariffs
o A low minimum wage create more employment
o Vitamin and mineral supplements do more harm than good
o The advertising gambling should be banned in Australia
You will then need to identify what would be a good response from both sides. That is, you need to simulate what would be good arguments that the affirmative and the negative teams are likely to provide on the basis of extensive research using a minimum of 10 peer reviewed academic journal articles as references. You will need to organize your arguments into an argumentative essay. Then you will need to put on a presentation/debate/show in class illustrating the entire arguments featuring both sides.
Students are to be assigned into groups of ideally 3 people, one assumes the role of the moderator/ mediator/chair, one argues the affirmative and the other, negative side (If the size of the class is not the multiple of 3, we will allow 2-people group or 4 people group). Each speaker is expected to speak for 3-5 minutes.
Clearly, you need to do a lot of research, formulate your arguments, and remember them by heart before you go on stage to put on an educational show. Essentially, the process most definitely tests your ability to look at a contentious issue, evaluate both sides of the argument and present them in a persuasive manner.