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Team Policy Debate

Team Policy debate is one of three styles of debate where teams (with two speakers per team) either advocate or oppose a resolution that calls for a change in domestic or foreign policy. During the debate round, the Affirmative team upholds the resolution by proposing a specific plan to accomplish the goal stated in the resolution, while the Negative team negates the resolution and the proposed affirmative plan. During competition, all teams debate both the affirmative and negative side of the resolution so that they understand both sides of the issue and develop the ability to advocate and oppose a proposition. Each year a new resolution is selected in March.

The 2012-2013 Team Policy debate topic is:

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially reform its electronic surveillance law.

Lincoln Douglas Debate

Lincoln Douglas Debate, also known as value debate or LD, is one of three styles of debate named after the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas Debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. In LD debate, teams (with one speaker per team) either affirm or negate the specified resolution where the core of the clash focuses on value propositions. Rather than arguing about a specific course of action an agency should take, Lincoln Douglas debaters look at the values that underlie decisions. During competition, debaters will affirm and negate the resolution so they understand both sides of the issue.

Each year a new resolution is selected in March.

The 2015-2016, there will be two Lincoln Douglas Debate resolutions:

Resolved: Resolved: In formal education liberal arts ought to be valued above practical skills. (Recommended from October 1, 2015 to January 30, 2016)

Resolved:Resolved: Developing countries ought to prioritize economic growth over environmental protection.  (Recommended from February 1, 2016 to April 30, 2016)

LD Team files are located in club's Google Drive LD Debate Folder  (Note, access is limited to LD team members.  Contact Mike Reeves or Ben Busler for access.)