Public Speaking About Global Issues

Discipline: Semester at Sea Seminars
Instructor: Bangs
Credits: 3
Day: B
Start: 10:45
End: 12:00
Field Work: Day 1 | South Africa Download Syllabus

This public communication course introduces participants to the fundamental skills of critical thinking and effective speaking on issues of global significance. The fundamental concepts covered include identifying, analyzing, and evaluating information, and discerning how to develop and present informative and persuasive speeches to different audiences. Students will gain a better understanding of global current events, strategies for talking about them, and a better sense of what it means to be a “citizen of the world.”

Field Work

Country: South Africa
Day: 1

We'll spend a day at the Parliament of South Africa, meeting members of Parliament, observing debate in one or both houses of Parliament, sitting in on a committee meeting, if available, and interviewing a member on the intricacies of preparing for and participating in debate affecting national and international issues. We'll depart MS Explorer the morning of our first day in Cape Town and travel by bus to the Parliament Building downtown. Following a lunch hosted by a member (MP), we'll tour the two houses of Parliament. The Parliament of South Africa is made up of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The National Assembly, roughly equivalent to the U.S. House of Representatives, is responsible for passing laws, ensuring that the members of the executive perform their work properly, and providing a forum where the representatives of the people can publicly debate issues. Unlike the U.S. Congress, the members of the National Assembly also choose the President of The Republic. The Speaker is the head and spokesperson of the National Assembly. The National Council of Provinces is also involved in the law making process and provides a forum for debate on issues affecting the provinces. Its main focus is to ensure that provincial interests are taken into account in the national sphere of government. The Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces is the head of and spokesperson for that House. We'll return to the MS Explorer by late afternoon.