BC Ethics Bowl

BC regional winners Sands Secondary take on Princess Margaret in the semi-finals.

2021-2022 Canadian High School National Ethics Bowl

The Ethics Bowl National Finals will be held online on May 28th-29th, 2022! We hope to see all who are interested on one of the matches, cheering for the two BC-Lower Mainland teams from Prince of Wales Secondary School. For more information about the National Finals, please visit: https://ethicsbowl.ca/2022finals.

2021-2022 BC Regional Ethics Bowl - Concluded

The 2021-2022 BC Regional Ethics Bowl was held on February 26th, 2022. We congratulate the winning teams, Prince of Wales A and Prince of Wales B, who will represent the BC-Lower Mainland region at the 2022 National Ethics Bowl Finals! To get involved in the upcoming 2022-2023 Ethics Bowl season, please contact Cem Erkli (cerkli@sfu.ca). The Ethics Bowl season starts in September, and runs through May.

Details and information

We have prepared a video series to introduce you to the Ethics Bowl. It will introduce you to the guiding principles behind the Ethics Bowl, how it is organized, and how the competitions are scored.

Most of the information relevant to the BC Ethics Bowl will be found on the website of the national organization, the Ethics Bowl Canada. The following resources will be particularly relevant:

Despite all the descriptions available in the above documents, there's nothing quite like seeing the Ethics Bowl in action to understand how it works. To get a good feel for it, check out the following videos:

Results of previous BC Regional Ethics Bowls

We have been organizing the Regional Ethics Bowl since 2017! Check out the past event reports here:

Why participate in an Ethics Bowl?

The Ethics Bowl is particularly well-suited to the development of the core competencies emphasized in the new BC curriculum. For more more details, see the short article "Developing Core Competencies with the Ethics Bowl: Perspectives from BC" by Nic Fillion. We have also prepared a poster describing the way in which the Ethics Bowl fosters the development of the core competencies as they are articulated in the new curriculum. Check it out!

The BC Ethics Bowl

An Ethics Bowl is both a collaborative and competitive team event, in which grade 9-12 students study, imagine, criticize, and compare stances and argumentative strategies, within an educationally-enhanced debate structure. The aim of the activity is that participating students develop and demonstrate their ability to critically engage with each other about current ethical issues—social, political, economic, scientific, cultural, and beyond. As opposed to traditional debate structures, in which reactionary opposition to each other and rhetorical flurries are often rewarded, the Ethics Bowl rewards constructive attitudes, including critical listening and the ability to envision other points of views. Instead of being rewarded for digging their heels in as the argumentation progresses, debaters may amend their initial positions when faced with convincing arguments. Students have opportunities to pose and respond to probing questions from judges with expertise in critical and ethical reasoning, resulting in a deepening awareness of the stakes and principles that animate the discussion.

La Coupe Éthique de la C.-B.

La Coupe Éthique est un événement par équipe qui est à la fois collaboratif et compétitif, au sein duquel des étudiants de 9-12ième année étudient, imaginent, critiquent, et comparent des hypothèses et stratégie argumentatives, dans le cadre d’un débat structuré à des fins éducatives. Le but est que les étudiants développent et démontrent leur aptitude à interagir en discutant des enjeux éthiques actuels, qu’ils soient à portée sociale, politique, scientifique, culturelle, etc. Alors que les débats traditionnels récompensent souvent l’opposition réactionnaire et les envols rhétoriques, la Coupe Éthique récompense les attitudes constructives, telle que l’écoute critique et la capacité à voir les choses d’autres points de vue. Au lieu d’être encouragé l’entêtement à défendre une thèse, les débatteurs peuvent amender leur position lorsqu’un argument convaincant est présenté. Les étudiants ont aussi l’opportunité de poser des questions et de répondre à celles de juges ayant une expertise en raisonnement critique et éthique, le tout menant à une compréhension approfondie des enjeux et principes animant la discussion.