The Oxford-style debate

The Oxford-style debate format involves a debate on a predetermined statement – also called a “motion” – from two opposing perspectives. The two sides either argue “for” or “against” the motion within a formalized structure. Both sides have an equal opportunity to share their arguments and opinions. This debate format promotes intellectual diversity and curates thought-provoking discussions.


The motion is: “Globalization will not be the same in the Post-Pandemic World.”


To prepare for the debate, you should:1) succinctly state whether you support or oppose the statement, 2) offer TWO compelling arguments in support of your position, and 3) address ONE potential counterargument by the other side. The brief should be limited to 750 words, and include references for reliable sources (e.g., peer-reviewed journal articles, books, major newspapers such as the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, BBC, NPR, Newsweek, Politico, and The Economist).


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