Controversial Topics For Research Paper

by Loraine Walters
Created: 14.05.2019
Updated: 10.04.2020

List of 50 Controversial Topics For Research Paper

  1. Are stricter parents better parents?
  2. Are there gender foundations to psychology and behavior that are removed from cultural considerations? To what extent does gender actually dictate thought process?
  3. Capitalism vs. socialism.
  4. Compare and contrast Jung, Freud, and Adler: explore distinctions and commonalities.
  5. Do adopted children have the right to contact their birth parents?
  6. Do pro athletes have the right to sit during the national anthem?
  7. Do Super Pacs have an unfair influence on political campaigns?
  8. Evolution vs. Creationism.
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  10. Examine Euripides and gender psychology: what do the Trojan Women and Medea reveal?
  11. Fossil fuels vs. alternative energy.
  12. How do centuries-old beliefs of madness and dementia relate to modern conceptions of mental illness?
  13. How to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  14. Investigate Freud’s contributions to psychology as they exist today: what value remains?
  15. Investigate the psychological process in group dynamics with regard to the emergence of leaders and the compliance of others.
  16. Is free ranging parenting a good idea, or simply neglectful?
  17. Is healthcare a right or a privilege?
  18. Is homosexuality a choice, or are people born gay?
  19. Is it appropriate for couples to live together before marriage?
  20. Is it guaranteed that Hilary Clinton will be nominated to run for president?
  21. Is it immoral to higher an illegal immigrant?
  22. Is it immoral to teach children about climate change and evolution?
  23. Is psychology itself inevitably a non-science in that virtually any theory may be substantiated, or is there a foundation of science to the subject to which all theorists must conform?
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  26. Research and assess the effectiveness of radical psychotherapies and unconventional treatments.
  27. Research the concept of human will as both a component of individual psychology and a process or element removed from it.
  28. Should “under God” remain in the Pledge of Allegiance?
  29. Should Americans be worried about ISIS/ISIL activity within the United States?
  30. Should children be forced to attend church against their will?
  31. Should court clerks be permitted to deny marriage licenses to same sex couples?
  32. Should parents allow their children to use Facebook before they turn 13?
  33. Should parents be allowed to spank their children?
  34. Should parents be required to have a college degree before they are allowed to home school their own children?
  35. Should phone records collected by the NSA be purged?
  36. Should sanctuary cities lose their federal funding?
  37. Should students be allowed to opt out of standardized testing?
  38. Should the biological father be allowed to stop the mother from obtaining an abortion?
  39. Should the police be allowed to use drones to photograph private property?
  40. Should the U.S. continue drone strikes in foreign countries?
  41. The pros and cons of animal testing.
  42. The pros and cons of gun control.
  43. To what extent is self-image influenced by culture in regard to eating disorders? Are external factors entirely to blame?
  44. To what extent is sexual orientation dictated by culture, and is there an orientation not subject to social and cultural influences?
  45. Transgender bathroom policies.
  46. Using three characters, explore Chaucer’s insight into human behavior in The Canterbury Tales.
  47. Was renewing relationships with Cuba a good idea?
  48. Was the U.S. justified in going to war with Iraq?
  49. What is “normal,” and to what extent is psychology reliant on culture to define this?
  50. Will the FIFA scandal have a long lasting impact on international soccer?
  51. Will the recent Supreme Court decision about the affordable care act stop politicians from attempting to get the law repealed in the future?

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