Gentlemen,

You will be constructing cases for and against the motions set below. They are based on current affairs that have garnered worldwide attention in recent years. These complex issues often require a plurality of perspectives to be equally evaluated before resolutions can be reached.




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Upper Sec Topics


1. THBT women and men should compete in the same category for sporting events.

General:

https://www.theperspective.com/debates/living/women-compete-men-sports/

For:

http://www.statepress.com/article/2016/09/spopinion-female-atheltes-equality-co-ed-sports

http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/2012/07/should-men-and-women-be-segregated-in-professional-sports/

Against:

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/02/males_and_females_should_not_m.html

http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-reasons-women-cant-play-sports.php

2. THBT social media companies should not release the information of users to the government even when a law compels them to do so.

For:

https://www.techworld.com/social-media/facebook-shares-user-information-with-police-80-of-time-warrant-or-not-3658735/

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/apple-vs-fbi-all-you-need-to-know.html

Against:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/should-law-enforcement-have-the-ability-to-access-encrypted-communications-1429499474

https://iapp.org/news/a/should-law-enforcement-be-able-to-access-encrypted-communications/

https://www.techworld.com/social-media/facebook-shares-user-information-with-police-80-of-time-warrant-or-not-3658735/

https://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/29/apple-vs-fbi-all-you-need-to-know.html

https://iapp.org/news/a/should-law-enforcement-be-able-to-access-encrypted-communications/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/should-law-enforcement-have-the-ability-to-access-encrypted-communications-1429499474

3. THW ban plea bargaining.

For:

https://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/the-benefits-plea-bargain.html

http://www.nytimes.com/1994/04/15/opinion/l-plea-bargaining-can-often-protect-the-victim-794066.html

Against:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/innocence-is-irrelevant/534171/

https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2017/10/25/bias-plea-bargains-may-contribute-mass-incarceration-african-americans-study-finds/799022001/

4. THBT first-world countries should take in more refugees.

For:

http://www.thecritique.com/articles/moral-obligations-to-refugees-theory-practice-aspiration-2/

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/09/08/we-should-all-be-competing-to-take-in-refugees-europe-syria/

Against:

https://publicpolicy.wharton.upenn.edu/live/news/1088-the-ethics-of-the-syrian-refugee-crisis

https://www.politico.eu/article/politics-nationalism-and-religion-explain-why-poland-doesnt-want-refugees/

5. THBT the media is our master.

For:
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/439862/cable-news-social-media-are-making-us-stupider

https://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2016/03/economist-explains-23

Against:

http://www.debate.org/opinions/does-the-media-control-peoples-minds

http://socialrebirth.org/how-the-media-controls-your-reality/

6. THW give reduced sentences to citizens living under the poverty line for crimes of necessity.

For:

http://theconversation.com/is-it-really-criminal-to-steal-food-when-youre-destitute-59190

https://www.robsoncrim.com/single-post/2018/01/15/Should-stealing-food-to-survive-be-considered-a-crime-a-1L-student-perspective

Against:

www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/13587194.Hungry_Kidderminster_woman_stole_Mars_bars_after_benefit_sanctions_left_her_with_no_money_for_food/

www.debate.org/debates/THW-not-punish-people-under-the-poverty-line-that-commit-economical-crimes/1/

7. THW impose strict penalties on institutions which do not recycle.

For:

https://www.earthsfriends.com/why-recycling-important/

https://www.veolia.co.uk/nottinghamshire/why-is-recycling-important

Against:

https://listverse.com/2013/01/27/10-ways-recycling-hurts-the-environment/

https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/recycling-is-not-answer

8. THW ban all medically non-essential cosmetic surgery.

For:

http://www.debatepedia.com/en/index.php/Debate:_Cosmetic_surgery

https://www.enotes.com/homework-help/why-should-cosmetic-surgery-banned-469321

Against:

http://www.debatepedia.com/en/index.php/Debate:_Cosmetic_surgery

https://healtheappointments.com/cosmetic-surgery-should-not-be-banned-essays/