Policy Debate

Policy Debate

  • Two-week Session June 10-23, 2018.  (Residential tuition $1,700, Commuter tuition $1,400) Most students will attend this session tailored to the experience level of the student.
  • Three-Week (Advanced) Session June 3-23, 2018. (Residential tuition $2,550, Commuter tuition $2,100) A limited number of spaces will be available for experienced students to receive three weeks of intensive instruction under the supervision of Emory’s well-qualified and successful coaches.

This division is best-suited for students who have the opportunity to debate competitively in policy debate during the regular academic year as students will focus on the upcoming high school topic.  We have an excellent teaching staff assembled, which includes Emory debate coaches, the Director of Debate at the University of Georgia, and other instructors from competitive college programs across the country. Learn more about high school Policy Debate from the National Speech and Debate Association.

Quality Debate Instruction

The upcoming high school resolution will provide the framework for the development of new skills and the enhancement of existing skills.

Student Focus

  • Improve speaking skills
  • Important strategies for each speaker position
  • Maximize the benefits of paperless debate
  • Generate ideas for current and future research efforts
  • Adapt to new arguments and argument strategies

Daily Lab Instruction

  • Labs led by award-winning college coaches, high school coaches, and contemporary college debaters
  • Most instructional time will be spent in these small lab groups focused on the fundamentals of contemporary policy debate
  • Argument analysis, use of evidence, speaking drills, and practice debates

Periodic Group Lectures and Discussions

  • Some topic content through group-wide lectures and discussion panels 
  • Broad-based coverage of both affirmative and negative arguments
  • Topic analysis to prepare them to become experts on the year's resolution

Practice Debates and Speeches

  • Every lab will do a minimum of 2 full practice debates per week
  • Practice tournament provides opportunity to rehearse arguments on the topic
  • labs will focus on other proven debate skill builders including mini-debates, focused one-on-one debates, and videotaped debates

Directed Research and Use of Evidence

  • Students will receive electronic copies of all materials produced during their time at the Institute
  • Institute staff will produce an evidence packet–including several affirmative and negative positions–and provide the packet to students at the camp
  • All research done at the camp will be edited and augmented by the Emory faculty for use in competitive policy debate for the upcoming season