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)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Deliver advocacy, informative, extemporaneous and persuasive speeches;
- Employ active listening skills;
- Apply theories of right and wrong behavior, ethical justification, obligation, and responsibility to speech making;
- Examine, critique, and develop their own moral codes;
- 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
Formal Presentations (including Final Exhibition)
Code of Ethics: Identify Ethics Case Study
Participation in Connected Debates of Place
Real-World Oral Exercises with Academic Liaisons
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- German, Kathleen, et al. Principles of Public Speaking, 18th ed., 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0205211845 ISBN-10: 0205211844
(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
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
Readings and Exercises
Connecting: Story Circles
How Do I Pick Sides?
Systems Thinking: Why Are Things As They Are?
Changing Systems: Advocacy for Change
1, 2, 4
Sharing your Project
Video:Wheatley, Margaret. “Leadership in the Age of Complexity: From Hero to Lost”
1, 2, 4
Acting & Enacting Change
Bringing it All Together
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.