Not sure where to begin in building your ‘knowledge bank’ for section 2? Here are some key GAMSAT essay topics to get you started:
We created this GAMSAT essay topics list to help with building your knowledge for the GAMSAT writing task. There are a number of benefits in doing this, they are as follows:
- Allows you give better and more specific examples in essays
- Have better openers and closers
- Allows you write a more interesting and engaging essay
So, how do you build on knowledge in such a short time?
We recommend a combination of watching YouTube videos, podcasts and anything you can get your hands on that doesn’t feel like work.
Here are some key GAMSAT essay topics to get you started:
History – colonialism, wars, key events in the 20th century (e.g great depression, Apollo 11, fall of Berlin Wall, Afghan war, Watergate scandal, etc)
Philosophy – Key thinkers (Aristotle, Confucius), Popular philosophical theories: Solipsism, Idealism, Plato’s Cave, Presentism, Eternalism, Fictional realism.
Anthropology – Human evolution, culture, language, link to formation of societies and form of rule.
Psychology – Social psychological theories (e.g homophobia, sexism, racism, love, romance, formation of attitude), Behaviourism (or behavioural psychology), Cognitive theories of psychology (e.g. attention, judgement, language) and Developmental theories (i.e human growth, development, and learning)
Politics- Narchism, Absolutism, Communism, Conservatism, Environmentalism, Fascism, Liberalism, Nationalism, Socialism, Social Capitalism, Social Democracy, Marxism, Capitalism, Pancasilaism.
Health/Medicine – Popular ethical issues in healthcare (euthanasia, affordability, allocation of donor organs/medication, privacy, etc) , basic principles of medical ethics.
Technology – effect of technology on modern society and environment, impact of artificial intelligence ( replacing jobs etc).
Tips for Building Knowledge:
- Find resources that are enjoyable that do not feel like work e.g podcasts, books, or blogs. e.g rather than going on wikipedia or some lengthy journal to look on socialism, try finding an interesting podcast or YouTube video.
- Explore discussions around the topic not the definition, facts or dates. Watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts and read interesting books on topics.
- When learning about events in History, think in the format of: – What happened?, What was the outcome? i.e what were responses to the event?, What can we learn from it?, How has it impacted modern society?
- When learning about theories in Philosophy, Politics, Anthropology and Psychology, think in the format of: How did this theory come about? Who formulated it? and why? What are some Examples? (can be specific or general), Are there any counter theories? ( theories or ideas opposing it), whenever possible, how has it impacted humans, society or way of thinking?
Examiners are looking for ideas and analysis, not factual regurgitation. Don’t vomit out a paragraph describing what happened in the Colonialism. Instead, write about what we’ve learnt from it and how it’s impacted modern society’s view today.