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PUB 140: Public Speaking & Debates

Course Description

This course will focus on public speaking and the art of public debate in society. Students will acquire theory and develop skills in speech organization, delivery, advocacy speech, informative speaking, and persuasive speaking. Students will also examine, critique, and develop their own moral codes connected to their field, workplace, and city by drawing upon readings and theories of right and wrong behavior, ethical justification, obligation, and responsibility. This course can only be taken by students in the College Unbound Program. (3 credits)

Prerequisite

  • None

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Deliver advocacy, informative, extemporaneous and persuasive speeches;
  2. Employ active listening skills;
  3. Apply theories of right and wrong behavior, ethical justification, obligation, and responsibility to speech making;
  4. Examine, critique, and develop their own moral codes;
  5. Develop Lifelong Learning competencies in accordance with the College Unbound rubric.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Formal Presentations (including Final Exhibition)

25%

Code of Ethics: Identify Ethics Case Study

15%

Participation in Connected Debates of Place

15%

Real-World Oral Exercises with Academic Liaisons

25%

Discussion Posts

20%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

(Available through Charter Oak's online bookstore)

  • German, Kathleen, et al. Principles of Public Speaking, 18th ed., 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0205211845 ISBN-10: 0205211844

Additional Resources

(Resources will be provided in the course)

  • Archie, Lee and Archie John G. Introduction to Ethical Studies; An Open Source Reader
  • Excerpts from:
    • Vaughn, Lewis. Doing Ethics: Moral Reasoning and Contemporary Issues, 3rd ed., 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0393919288 ISBN-10: 0393919285
    • Sandel, Michael. Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? 1st ed., 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0374180652 ISBN-10: 0374180652

American Rhetoric
Great American Speeches
History Channel Speeches
School for Champions speeches
The History Place - Great Speeches collection
More great speeches
Still more great speeches
Public Speaking .org
Abacon - Public speaking
Companion website to our textbook

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1-4

Connecting: Story Circles

Read:

  • Story Circle Instructions

Video:

  • Read Story Circle Instructions
  • Watch Story Circle Video
  • Participate in Discussions
  • Submit 100 Word Statement
  • Schedule conference or informal in-person meeting to take part in a Story Circle Activity

2

1-4

Experiencing
Read:

  • Principles of Public Speaking: Chapter 1
  • Ethics: Chapter 1
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Due: Impromptu Speech

3

1-5

How Do I Pick Sides?

  • Principles of Public Speaking, Ch. 4
  • "Ethics are Culturally Relative" by Charles A. Ellwood
  • Persuasive Speech
  • Participate in Discussion Boards
  • Post video of first presentation

4

1-4

Systems Thinking: Why Are Things As They Are?

  • Principles of Public Speaking, Ch. 5, Ch. 6
  • "Justice: What's the Right Thing To Do?" by Michael Sandel
  • "What We Think Is What We Get" by Jim Tull
  • Schedule conference call or informal meeting for Storycircle activity
  • Participate in Discussion Boards

5

1-3, 5

Changing Systems: Advocacy for Change
Read:

  • Principles of Public Speaking: Chapter 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Due: Advocacy Speech

6

1, 2, 4

Sharing your Project
Read:

  • Principles of Public Speaking: Chapter 12

Video:

Wheatley, Margaret. “Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Lost
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Draft Reflection on Debates of Place
  • Schedule a conference or informal in-person meeting to take part in a Story Circle Activity

7

1, 2, 4

Acting & Enacting Change
Read:

  • Principles of Public Speaking: Chapters 15-16
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Code of Ethics Final Draft

8

1-5

Bringing it All Together
Read:

  • None
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Final Public Exhibition
  • Record and Submit Public Exhibition
  • Take Part in 2-3 other cohort-mate’s exhibitions
  • Complete Course Evaluation

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

COSC Policies, Course Policies, Academic Support Services and Resources

Students are responsible for knowing all Charter Oak State College (COSC) institutional policies, course-specific policies, procedures, and available academic support services and resources. Please see COSC Policies for COSC institutional policies, and see also specific policies related to this course. See COSC Resources for information regarding available academic support services and resources.