Best debatable topics (updated 2021)

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There are so many different debate topics, that can be used in your debate club or for yourself to practice debate, that it is usually hard to find the one topic that you would like to try. This is why this webpage exists, and here we are to supply you with a big list of debatable topics. The best way that we think, to sort out the good debate motions from the topics, that are not really suitable for debate is, that you check out what tournament has used a topic. Great tournaments often (but not all the time), use great debate topics for their debaters. This is why we have collected all the great motions from the biggest tournaments from all around the world so that you can make a selection yourself.

If that is not enough for you, consider debate motions from the biggest tournaments around the world, like the EUDC, WUDC, Australs, and UADC.

Top 180 Debatable topics

 

Interesting and Funny Debateble Topics

  1. Is it important for all schools to conduct mandatory drug testing on their students?
  2. Is animal testing a justified?
    – Animals have a part of the rights as we have as humans, and should not be harmed when this can be avoided.
    – The only alternative is testing on humans, and we want to avoid that. For new products there is no real alternative and we are doing everything we can before we start the testing on animals, that we try to eliminate any real harm to the animals.
  3. Should cell phones be used during class?
    – Cell phones can be a great source of information and a great learning tool. Of course if used in a proper way. Teachers can include them as a tool and even provide apps for the students to use together as a class.
    – Students should learn the old fashion way, without any use of technology because this is the best way to learn. Writing, calculus and other basic sciences should be learned as a basic for everything else without any technology.
  4. Should laptops be allowed in classrooms?
  5. Is the boarding school system beneficial to children?
  6. Should parents not purchase war or destruction type toys for their children?
  7. Should sex education be banned in middle schools?
  8. Can people move in together before they are married?
  9. Should homework be banned?
  1. Is it unethical to eat meat?
  2. Should cigarettes be banned from society?
    – There are no positive results from smoking. We know that there is a harm to the individual, harm to the people around him and harm to the society.
    – Everyone can decide for himself if he/she wants to harm himself/herself. The harm to people around the smoker can be minimised and the harm to society can also be minimised.
  3. Are beauty pageants a way to objectifying women?
  4. Should the death penalty be taken away completely?
  5. Should violent video games be banned?
  6. Is peer pressure harmful or beneficial to individuals?
  7. Should cell phones be banned in schools?
  1. Is torture justified when used for national security?
  2. Are social networking sites effective, or are they just a sophisticated means for stalking people?
  3. Interesting Debate Topics for College and Beyond
  4. Should high schools provide daycare services for students who have children?
  5. Is it appropriate for adolescents to be sentenced to life without parole?
  6. Is drug testing athletes justified?
  7. Do school uniforms make school a more effective place to learn?
  8. Are alternative energy sources effective and justified?
  9. Are humans to blame for certain animal extinctions?
  10. Is it effective to censor parts of the media?
  11. Is it justified to develop nuclear energy for commercial use?
  12. Do celebrities get away with more crime than non-celebrities?
  13. Is the grading system used in high school effective?
  14. Is cloning animals ethical?
  15. Should jobs be subcontracted into developing countries?
  16. Is television an effective tool in building the minds of children?
  17. Are single sex schools more effective than co-ed schools?
  18. Are video games containing violence appropriate for children?
  19. Is euthanasia justified?
  20. What impact does social networking and social networking sites have on society?
  21. Does school detention do any good in high schools?
  22. Is there good reason for the American war on terror?
  23. Is global warming an issue?
  24. Should laptops be allowed in classrooms?
  25. Should cell phones be used during class?
  26. Is the death penalty appropriate?  Or should it be banned?
  27. Which is better to have as a pet: a cat or a dog?Is animal testing a justified?
  28. Is it better to date someone attractive and popular or intelligent and smart?
  29. Which is the best season of the year?
  30. Which is better: Harry Potter or Twilight?
  31. Which is better: Rock n Roll music or Hip Hop?
  32. Are Batman and Superman misleading idols?
  33. What is the best pizza topping?
  34. Which is a better show: Vampire Diaries or FRIENDS?
  35. What are the advantages of bottled water vs. regular water?
  36. What are the best dating techniques out there?
  37. Are we aliens of some sort?
  38. Is there life after death?
  39. Do we have less face-to-face interaction because of Facebook?
  40. Did God create the universe or did it just occur naturally?
  41. Do you think the United States will never have a woman President?
  42. Which is better: daydreaming or night dreaming?
  43. Do vampires get AIDS from sucking blood that is affected?
  44. Which of these two are more real – pirates or ninjas?
  45. What are the advantages of being a man over a woman?
  46. Do nursery rhymes have secret interior meanings?
  47. Do nice girls finish last?
  48. Is it better to be honest and poor or dishonest and rich?
  49. Should older women be allowed to marry younger men?
  50. Do video games cause bad behavior in children?
  51. Should humans eat to live or live to eat?
  52. Who is more complicated gender: men or women?

Interesting and Funny Debate Topics

  1. Is it important for all schools to conduct mandatory drug testing on their students?
  2. Can bullying in schools be stopped? How so?
  3. How far is competition necessary in regards to the learning process?
  4. Do school uniforms help to improve the learning environment?
  5. Will posting students’ grades on bulletin boards publicly motivate them to perform better or is it humiliating?
  6. Should libraries have a list of books that are banned?
  7. Are curfews effective in terms of keeping teens out of trouble?
  8. Is the boarding school system beneficial to children?
  9. Should school attendance be made voluntary in high school?
  10. Is age an important factor in relationships?
  11. Is it ethical for companies to market their products to children?
  12. Does money motivates people more than any other factor in the workplace?
  13. Is co-education a good idea?
  14. Should gay marriages be legalized?
  15. Are security cameras an invasion of our privacy?
  16. Are humans too dependent on computers?
  17. Should plastic bags be banned?
  18. Should animal dissections be banned in schools?
  19. Should parents not purchase war or destruction type toys for their children?
  20. Has nuclear energy destroyed our society?
  21. Is human cloning justified, and should it be allowed?
  22. Should juveniles be tried and treated as adults?
  23. All schools should make it a requirement to teach arts and music to their students?
  24. Should sex education be banned in middle schools?
  25. Should fried foods come with a warning?
  26. Should the concept of zoos should be nullified?
  27. Are credit cards are more harmful than debit cards?
  28. Do celebrities make for bad role models?

Ever happened to you that you had no idea about a motion? Here are ideas on what to do and still win a debate:

  1. Can people move in together before they are married?
  2. Should homework be banned?
  3. Is it unethical to eat meat?
  4. Should cigarettes be banned from society?
  5. Are beauty pageants a way to objectifying women?
  6. Should the death penalty be taken away completely?
  7. Should violent video games be banned?
  8. Is peer pressure harmful or beneficial to individuals?
  9. Should cell phones be banned in schools?
  10. Is torture justified when used for national security?
  11. Are social networking sites effective, or are they just a sophisticated means for stalking people?
  12. Do nursery rhymes have secret interior meanings?
  13. What are the advantages of being a man over a woman?
  14. Which of these two are more real – pirates or ninjas?
  15. Do vampires get AIDS from sucking blood that is affected?
  16. Which is better: daydreaming or night dreaming?
  17. Do you think the United States will never have a woman President?
  18. Did God create the universe or did it just occur naturally?
  19. Do we have less face-to-face interaction because of Facebook?
  20. Is there life after death?
  21. Are we aliens of some sort?
  22. What are the best dating techniques out there?
  23. What are the advantages of bottled water vs. regular water?
  24. Which is a better show: Vampire Diaries or FRIENDS?
  25. What is the best pizza topping?
  26. Are Batman and Superman misleading idols?
  27. Which is better: Rock n Roll music or Hip Hop?
  28. Which is better: Harry Potter or Twilight?
  29. Which is the best season of the year?
  30. Is it better to date someone attractive and popular or intelligent and smart?
  31. Which is better to have as a pet: a cat or a dog?
  32. This house would Legalise all recreational substances for the elderly
  33. This house would give persons convicted of petty crimes the option of choosing public lashing in lieu of a prison sentence
  34. This house would pay parents to abort foeti that suffer from genetic disability (Over and above the cost of the procedure)
  35. This house believes that emigrants should pay an exit tax upon changing residency
  36. This house would allow individuals to sell their citizenship
  37. This house would permit communities to establish residential colonies to the exclusion of other communities
  38. This house would reduce subsidies to tertiary education and reallocate the money to primary education in developing countries
  39. This house would ban religious teaching in all schools
  40. This house believes that students should elect the Vice Chancellors of their universities.
  41. This house would give Parents the right to be restituted by their children for money invested in their upbringing
  42. This house believes that Children should have the right to retrospectively sue their parents for physical and mental trauma, upon attaining the age of majority.
  43. This house would aggressively promote ‘Modern Family’ on primetime Indian television
  44. This house would not permit the de-racialisation of art & literature
  45. This house would decriminalize and encourage graffiti in public spaces
  46. This house would mandate radio stations to play the music of local artists
  47. This house would ban members of legislatures from engaging in any other profession / business
  48. This house believes that Public officials involved in sex scandals (not amounting to crimes) should not resign from office
  49. This house would allow parliamentarians to vote on conscience in defiance of the official party position
  50. This house would Mandate the compulsory donation of blood by eligible candidates
  51. This house believes that Medical decisions regarding the life threatening conditions of children should be taken by Medical professionals instead of the Parents
  52. This house would not use unethically obtained data in scientific research.
  53. This house believes that former colonizers should be obligated to accept migrants from their colonies.
  54. This house would waive diplomatic immunity in instances of alleged Human Rights violations
  55. This house would condition aid to developing countries on the repeal of anti-sodomy laws
  56. This house would mandate labour union representation on the Board of Directors of companies
  57. This house would ban unpaid internships
  58. This house would ban transport and trade unions from having political affiliations
  59. This house regrets the decline of communism
 

Tell us what do you think about these topics, and how your debate went in the comments!

There are three types of debate motions/debate topics

  1. Motions of fact
  2. Motions of value
  3. Policy motions

Motions of fact

In these debateable topics you debate weather something is true or not, this is the most basic sort of a motion. Here are a couple of examples:
This house believes that advertising does more harm than good.
What is important with this type of motions is that you set a standard to determine who wins. There are different standards that you can set, a couple of examples are “Majority of examples” or “True beyond a reasonable doubt”.

Motions of value

With these debate topic, you need to debate if something is or is not of inherent value. For example, in the motion, This house believes that Shakespeare is the world’s greatest writer, you need to find the term that adds value and then develop a criterion again, that will allow you to win the debate if you meet that criteria. This means in this example that you find a couple of criteria that define a great writer and then show that Shakespeare is/is not the greatest writer.

You can say that the number of readers, the longevity of his works, the number of languages that his work has been translated to etc. Of course, your criteria needs to be reasonable and linked to the motion. Don’t forget to explain why is your criteria the right one. If you set criteria “The writer that looks like Shakespeare most” won’t really hold and won’t allow you to win even if you prove that you fulfil the criteria.

Motions of policy/Policy topics

This motion always calls for an action, by the government, an individual or an international body. For example, This house would legalize prostitution. Your job is to propose a model, how will you do that and show relevant details for that model (but don’t go too deep into it).

When you build the model think about what could the opposition say. If you propose that everyone can be a prostitute, your opposition will see that you are allowing children to be prostitutes. The model should be a good base on which you can build your arguments, but should not take more than a minute to explain, because your role is still to provide the best arguments why this motion should be supported.

But, when you get such a debatable topic, don’t focus too much on the policy. You still need to bring great arguments, this is the criteria that you will be judged on. So prepare a policy, have a good plan, but 3 arguments, that are really important, should be 70 % of your speach.

Funny debatable motions

This is a list of funny debate motions. They don’t always make the best debates but can be fun and funny if the debaters debating them know how to have fun. Try them out!

  • Should people who post dead memes on social media be exiled into the depths of space?
  • Is the moon real?
  • Should people be allowed to put pineapple on pizza?

If you are looking for funny debatable topics, I’ve created a whole page full of funny debate motions, find it here.

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71 thoughts on “Best debatable topics (updated 2021)

    1. you obviouly are not educationaly enclined with an iq of at least 250 because you cannot understand the intelligent humour of rick and morty, the sesuan sauce is the bestest mc donalds treat of the entire century i will NOT share with you pesants *shakes head* u uneducated silly farmers go back to sewing wheat *spit*

  1. these topics are superior to the topics of any other website, they are extremely educational and intelligent philosophic derivatives that challenge the mind

  2. Hello, I’m Nick Dutch, a graduate in Psychology (Essex University – 1997.) I don’t know if this is a subject for a humorous debate or a blatant psychological game. When in my first year, I was platonically intimate with another young man who was also under graduating. However, for reasons I will divulge more details about at a later date, he really was not wanted at that university. I got to know him better by the second term, and pretended to be a very sanctimonious alcoholic. I encouraged him to drink with me all day during the week, but secretly studied at the weekend behind his back, when I knew he preferred to drink – how I bloody deceived him! Guess who managed to pass at least their first year? In no way feel guilty – as far as I was concerned, he was pseudo-intellectual.

    Please respond. Many thanks, sanctimonious Nick…

  3. Is the boarding school system beneficial to children?

    It is awesome debate topic.As a boy hostel student,I want gentle man to our warden.But we a femalas warden.And really hostel is useless………………

    1. Just one more question of the night ,what about animal abuse 😥to me this is a very serious problem in every state !

    1. My question is this ,should a house mate treat another house mate like a prisoner at home with out being allowed to have any freedom to go to any place of choice in the community ?

  4. i wantt these topics to be non debatable
    i live in mazambique i luve topiks and i wish dat these topics could show me de wae

  5. Some of these are very good but than some are ones that can not be proven like did God create the universe or not I believe he did but it can not be proven if he did or not and I know most schools around where I live we would not be able to debate about religion, abortion, or gay marriage.

  6. So i believe that Vampires would get AIDS if they sucked blood from some sexual active person that had it.

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