Examples of Breaking Down Sociology 130 Debate Topics
Taken from Topics Used in SOCI 130 in Spring, 2007
(Revised February 15, 2007)

This page provides access to debate topic breakdowns that we have prepared for each topic that is being debated this semester, Spring 2007, in SOCI 130. We will post additional breakdowns as they get done and we will post the dates when the class agrees on them.

Debate Question #1: "At residential colleges like Bucknell students should be informed if one of their roommates is HIV+. That means that the university should provide this information if the affected individual does not do so"

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Debate Question #2: "Because companies change the price of drugs as they sell them in different countries, with U.S. prices being particularly high, American states should be allowed by the federal government to purchase drugs from other countries and make them available to their citizens."

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Debate Question #4: "The US government should sponsor needle exchange programs, administered in local communities for intravenous drug users."

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Debate Question #6: "Unless there is no reasonable expectation that the child will survive, the government should ensure that aggressive medical measures are used to preserve the lives of premature infants who at delivery are between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation (or whatever is the lower limit for survival of premies with current medical technology)."

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Debate Question #10: "It should be legal for physicians to openly assist in suicide for terminally ill patients who are in the last stages of disease or for whom there are no remedies remainig adn who are experiencing or who can expect to experience great suffering as a consequence of their terminal illness."

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Debate Question #11: "It would be ethical to test an HIV vaccine in Africa even though in the end it might not be possible to distribute the vaccines there."

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