Dr. Sabrina Weiss specializes in developing theoretical models that represent the ethical and social dimensions of issues at the intersection of science, technology, and society. Topics of interest include gender and sexuality, discourse theory, bodies and cyborgs, bioethics, food ethics, and innovative pedagogies, as well as the institutional and change dimensions affecting those areas.
Dr. Weiss earned a B.S. from Stanford’s Science, Technology, and Society program, an M.S. in Bioethics from Albany Medical College, and a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a former U.S. Naval Officer (ROTC) who served overseas in Japan and at the Office of Naval Research. An interdisciplinary and international scholar, Dr. Weiss has taught at Rochester Institute of Technology, which houses the National Institute for the Deaf, and at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Dr. Weiss is a coauthor of Worlds of ScienceCraft: New Horizons in Sociology, Philosophy and Science Studies (2009).
Have you ever disagreed with someone about a topic? Debate is the art of presenting an argument in an effective and structured way that helps everyone learn together. There are controversies and conflicts all around us that require critical thinking and the ability to resolve conflicts.
This class is recommended for learners aged 11-15. In our time together, learners will research controversial issues, frame their topic, create arguments, and present their case. Students will practice skills like research, writing cases, referencing evidence, and presenting points clearly and concisely.
Sample Course Outline
This class has 8 meetings where each meeting focuses on different debate skills. Skills include:
- What is Debate? What is not Debate?
- How to approach a debate topic: definitions, framing
- Values and Criteria: how to weigh each side
- Researching a topic: skills, approaches
- How to argue both sides
- How to make an argument: Claim-Warrant-Impact
- Judging debates
- Practice debates
Debate Basics: Research, Framing, Argumentation is offered Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.