Social Studies

Advanced Debate Technique: the Art of Persuasion, Wit, Logic and Rhetoric

Learners will stretch their debate skills further - focusing on logic, argumentation and rhetorical skills.
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90 minutes

per class

Once per week

over 10 weeks


year olds


learners per class

per learner - per class

How does aMulti-Daycourse work?

Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

I am a human rights lawyer, and have spent many years in international courts of law putting my debating skills to good use. Previously, I worked on policy with Washington D.C., structuring arguments for policy makers on Capitol Hill. My educational training in debating and the Socratic Method is extensive.  I have been teaching debate at the university, high school and middle school levels for many years now.  
1 hour 30 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Potential topics for the class will be provided at the start of class.  If there are any topics presented which learners are not comfortable debating, they will be asked to email me after reviewing the potential topics and I will happily remove any topics which make learners uncomfortable.  

It should also be noted that I do assign learners the affirmative or negative side of debate topics and sometimes learners may be asked to argue for a position which they do not agree with.  I never make any learner do anything in my courses and if they ask to be moved to a different topic or position, I will be happy to do so.  I do encourage learners to try to argue positions that they do not necessarily agree with it as it can be extremely beneficial to understand and respect other points of view, as well as helping to understand your own point of view a bit better.   


Kirsten Bowman JDHuman Rights Lawyer, Advocate and Professor
569 total reviews
300 completed classes

About Me

I am a human rights lawyer by profession and a university professor and homeschooling mom by passion. I have my JD with a specialization in international law and will complete my PhD in international law in 2021. 

I have travelled the world... 
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