Postwar Compromise Online Debate

Postwar Compromise Debate (5%) Dates will be selected in weeks 9 and ten where we will meet online to debate this issue. Your grade will be assigned based on your participation in this debate. This exercise will be completed in 2 groups, each consisting of about half the class in size. Assignment Guidelines Equipped with the information provided by your reading and the video, carefully read the guidelines below for instructions on this week’s graded assessment. Working with your team in a discussion group, you will plan your arguments and debate strategy. The debate will take place online at an agreed upon time during week 8 or 9; using the Collaborate software what will we be debating? Be it resolved that Canadian workers gained more in the post-war compromise than they lost. What team will I be on?

You will be assigned a group when we meet, so be sure you have prepared for both sides of the argument. A mini-glossary of some debating terminology: The resolution The proposition to be debated, usually indicated by the phrase “be it resolved that.” An argument (also claim) One point (of information, fact, statistic, or analysis) that supports the team’s position (whether for or against the resolution) A rebuttal (to rebut) A point (of information, fact, statistic, or analysis) countering &/or refuting an argument made by the opposing team Instructions for Setting up the Debate The Resolution: Be it resolved that Canadian workers gained more in the post-war compromise than they lost. The For Team will support the resolution (just above) while the Against Team will argue against the decision. Teams should take some time to prepare their arguments and plan in their Team’s Discussion Forum using the video Defying the Law, and the Heron text. During this time, team members should discuss points to support their team’s position and should select the best locations to be to post as arguments. Hint: Save less strong arguments for rebuttals.

Sample Argument:

Be it resolved that Communists were a positive force in the history of the Canadian Labour movement. (This is not the resolution you’ll be debating!) Today, I will argue that Communists were a positive force in the history of the Canadian Labour Movement. Was it not for the influence of Communist Party members? I would say that industrial unionism as we know it today would never have taken hold or enjoyed the success in Canada that it has. As evidence of this, labour historians have recorded that seasoned Canadian communists were at the centre of the successful campaign to organise industrial unions that was spearheaded by the Committee for Industrial Organization in Canada in the later part of the 1930s (Heron, 64).

Sample Rebuttal:

Be it resolved that Communists were a positive force in the history of the Canadian Labour movement. Ladies and gentleman, surely we cannot accept that the industrial unions of Canada have benefited from the influence of Communists. It is mainly due to the presence of Communists in the Congress of Industrial Organizations that Canada’s provincial and federal governments would have nothing to do with the CIO, leading it to fade off of the Canadian scene after the 1930s. Communist participation in unions rendered them illegitimate them in the eyes of the government, as is clear from actions as different as PM Bennet outlawing the Communist party in 1931 and Ontario Premier Mitchell Hepburn’s vigorous opposition to the CIO unionizing GM in 1937 (Heron, 66).

Here’s how the debate will go: A member of the For Team must to open the discussion by making ONE ORIGINAL argument in favour of the resolution. Then, a member of the Against Team will rebut this argument. Next, a member of the Against Team may then make ANOTHER ORIGINAL case against the resolution. A member of the For Team must provide a rebuttal of the last argument against the decision before another reasoning for the conclusion can go ahead. The debate will be closed when everyone has had an opportunity to make a case and rebuttal. The winning team will be that with the better-formulated arguments, backed-up with the best evidence and presented with the most eloquence. This should be a fun occasion for us to get together and talk about material related to the course; while this is a graded assignment, it should ultimately be fun. You’re not being graded on your public speaking abilities. ;) Show Learning Module Table of Contents Table of Contents Minimize Table of Contents

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