Tips for Developing a Topic

  • Identify the specific, underlying social problem of the issue.
  • Identify a specific policy that addresses the social problem of your topic.
  • Identify specific stakeholders, their values, how their values are upheld or challenged by the policy, their positions on the issue, etc.
  • Find evidence and statistics to elaborate upon the social problem, the issue, your stakeholders’ arguments, etc.
  • Research the background/history of the controversy.
  • Understand any related policies.

Check out the Useful Resources page for resources that will help you develop your topic.