M202_One Health Debate



Credits ( if register as Inter Graduate School Classes Coursd of Hokkaido University ): 1
Instructor name (Affiliation)
Michael HENSHAW (International Affairs Division, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University)
責任教員連絡先(メール)/Instructor email mike*vetmed.hokudai.ac.jp
責任教員連絡先(電話)/Instructor phone 011-706-6896
Link to instructor bio or website https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_J_Henshaw
Teaching Assistant name and contact info 2 assistants (changes each year)
実施期間/Periods 18th March 2024
Language English
実施場所/Class Locations Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Class Information


Debating is like sports for your mind. You must take a position and coordinate with your teammates to win an argument against the other team. You are not fighting against the people, however—you are disagreeing about the concepts. This is completely student-led; debaters decide the topic, they practice in the weeks and months before the event, and they must address questions from students in the audience who vote on the winning argument.



Several handouts from the instructor with language advice.

Schedule and Activities


1) Create teams. Consult with instructor and other debaters to decide the topic and make teams of Pro (for) and Con (against).

2) Preparation (<2 months). In respective teams, meet with instructor for language training, and meet with assistant faculty for mock debate with advice. Meet as team as needed for practice.

3) The debate. 90 minutes total, roughly 60 minutes of speaking time (30 min per team). Teams alternate with 3 rounds of 5 minutes, plus 30 minutes of questions from audience and moderator.

4) The winner. Audience votes with opinion pre-debate, and again post-debate. Winning team is decided by net change of opinion towards that team’s side.


  • Although it is competitive, the mood is still friendly.

  • A member of the Con team opposes the proposition Public awareness is the key to fighting antimicrobial resistance.

  • An audience member addresses a question to the Con team.




履修登録終了:2023年12月11日 / Registration CLOSED:11th December 2023 

Class Information


1) To make a team strategy in constructing a logical narrative. 2) To learn persuasive yet polite language that will strengthen your public speaking. 3) To become accustomed to the pressure of performing in front of an audience who will be judging your speaking logic and style.


Students should have at least an intermediate level of English, and have time to meet independently with teammates in the months and weeks before the debate.