Political debate topics for the classroom

Discussions and debates on politics are a cornerstone of any democratic society, and now it’s easy to make them a cornerstone of your lessons with our list of engaging political debate topics!

Many of these political debate topics are already available in our extensive Topic Library, or you can create your own. And in the same way that politics encompasses different areas of society, these debates link to different curriculum subjects too. So, head over to Kialo Edu now and open the debate chamber in your classroom!

General political debate topics

  • Is it okay to end friendships over politics?
  • Should monarchies be abolished?
  • Should political parties be required to disclose the sources of their campaign funding?
  • Should the House of Lords be abolished?
  • Should there be a mandatory retirement age for politicians?
  • Should there be mandatory training for politicians?
  • Should there be quotas for women in government?
  • Should there be stricter regulations on lobbying activities?
  • What is the best mode of peaceful protest?
  • What is the best way to increase political participation amongst marginalized groups?
  • What is the most important quality a country’s leader should have?
  • What is the most pressing political issue in the country today?
  • Which is better: “big” or “small” government?

Political debate topics on democracy

Political debate topics on economic policy

Political debate topics on educational policy

  • Are there too many school holidays?
  • Do East Asia’s education systems place too much emphasis on rote learning?
  • Does higher education in Latin America deepen inequalities?
  • Has government investment improved rural schools in China?
  • Should schools provide free meals for all students?
  • Should schools start later in the day?
  • Should students in England still have to take GCSEs?
  • Should the government of India spend a greater percentage of its GDP on education?
  • Should the US government have more control over charter schools?
  • Should university be free?
  • What is the best strategy to increase school attendance in East Africa?
  • What is the best way for governments in Oceania to address education inequalities for girls?

Political debate topics on environmental policy

Political debate topics on human rights

  • Do children need privacy?
  • Does the Universal Declaration of Human Rights meet the needs of every country?
  • Has the Maputo Protocol been effective in improving women’s rights in Africa?
  • Should all women have the right to an abortion?
  • Should foreign intervention be used to protect women’s rights?
  • Should governments accord the same importance to cultural rights as they do to human rights?
  • Should governments impose population controls?
  • Should governments pay reparations to women?
  • Should human rights be part of politics?
  • Should LGBTQ+ people automatically be granted asylum in “safe” countries?
  • Should prisoners have the right to vote?
  • Should wealthier countries be forced to accept more refugees?
  • What is the best way for international organizations to collaborate with governments to improve LQBTQ+ rights?

Political debate topics on international relations

Political debate topics on media

Political debate topics on national security

  • Is Japan justified in updating its security policies?
  • Is there likely to be military conflict over the Taiwan Strait?
  • Is torture justifiable in the name of security?
  • Is war ever justifiable?
  • Should societies prioritize freedom over security?
  • Was China justified in implementing the national security law in Hong Kong?
  • What is the best way to deal with abusive governments and armed groups?
  • What is the biggest threat to global security?
  • Will the African Union’s Peace and Security Council be effective in improving security in Africa?

Political debate topics on public health

  • Should menstrual products be provided by the government?
  • Should substance use be treated as a public health issue rather than a criminal one?
  • Should the MENA governments prioritize recruitment and retention of medical professionals?
  • Should there be a tax on junk food?
  • Should vaccines be mandatory?
  • What is the best way for the UK government to reduce NHS waiting times?
  • What is the best way for the US government to make healthcare more affordable?
  • What is the most critical public health problem facing African governments?
  • Will government investment in digital healthcare technologies improve the quality of healthcare in Southeast Asia?

Political debate topics on religion

Political debate topics on the law and justice systems

  • Do African governments need to create child-friendly justice systems?
  • Do Netanyahu’s plans to weaken the courts threaten Israel’s democracy?
  • Should judges be elected by the people?
  • Should jury trials be abolished?
  • Should the Japanese government end the “hostage justice” system?
  • Should the US have stricter gun control?
  • Should there be a death penalty?
  • Should undocumented migrants face prosecution? 
  • Which purpose of the criminal justice system is most important?

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