Social issues are topics or subjects that impact many people. They often reflect current events but also represent longstanding problems or disagreements that are difficult to solve. Beliefs, opinions, and viewpoints can be strong, and debate on these topics is a natural outcome of public discourse. Globally, subjects including climate change, immigration, and women’s rights impact people around the world. Social issues are important research topics because they help people understand that there are many ways to think about and approach the same problem, and they teach essential critical thinking skills.

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This section was originally created by our North America office, so much of the content at launch is focused on U.S. and Canadian perspectives. Check back regularly as we add more International content to this section over the coming months.