Research topic: The school of the future

During the second week of September, PBS Nova took a look at education in the age of information with The School of the Future. The program examines why U.S. test scores rank lower than many other countries despite the widespread use of technology in the classroom.

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

Learn more about the School of the Future documentary. (Credit: Twitter)

It also asks how the latest educational research can help us fix education in America and which techniques are most likely to engage and inspire growing minds. This two-hour documentary will take viewers from the laboratory to the classroom to see what is helping to make a difference. Read more

Incarceration rates and prison reform research paper topics

The United States is the world leader in incarcerating its citizens. Mass incarceration began in the 1980s after strict drug laws disproportionately targeted blacks and Latinos for incarceration, causing the prison population to increase four-fold. These increased incarceration rates do not rehabilitate people but simple warehouse them, costing billions of tax payers’ dollars.

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Learn more about incarceration rates in the U.S. (Credit: Vice News/ Pixabay)

For your term paper on criminal justice or crime and punishment, consider writing about prison reform laws and ways to reduce incarceration rates. Read more

Hackers and the U.S. election: Cyber terrorism research paper topics

Controversy surrounding the upcoming U.S. election is nothing new, even with it still being months away. However the latest news isn’t about the candidates but about hackers and cyber terrorism.

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Find out more about the U.S. election and cyber terrorism. (Credit: Activist Post)

What are some of the research paper topics in the political science and computer science worlds to explore on this area? Read more

Teen pregnancy and sexual education—research paper topics

While the overall birth rate for teenagers has dropped over the past 25 years in the United States, the news isn’t all good. A new study that examined the use of a baby simulator in sexual education classes found some disturbing trends about the program’s effects on teen pregnancy rates.

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Learn more about sexual education and teen pregnancy. (Credit: Getty Images)

There are many research paper topics to focus on for this topic, such as the effectiveness of different sexual education programs currently offered to teens. Read more

Economics research topics on climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign

Interesting research paper topics on the economy are to discuss economic development on the national and regional level. Current events economics, influenced by climate change, the Olympics and the presidential campaign, for example, can all affect national and regional economics.

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Learn more about economics on a national and regional level. (Credit: The National Herald)

Here are some term paper topics you might want to explore. Read more

The fight against Dakota Access Pipeline as your research topic

Members of the Sioux Nation are protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, which is proposed to be built within a mile of the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. The pipeline would pass beneath the Missouri River, the water supply for the Native Americans that live on the reservation.

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Members of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

This is not the first time controversy has erupted over a pipeline in the Dakotas. One research topic could look at past pipeline disasters in the U.S. or abroad. Read more

Research topic: How will the Turkish coup impact human rights?

The recent Turkish coup, through which Turkey’s military tried to overthrow the government of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was unsuccessful. The military claimed to be fighting for human rights, which have come under fire in Turkey in recent years.

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Learn more about the impact of human rights and the Turkish coup. (Credit: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, their loss seems to have created even more human rights abuses by the government. A research paper could explore how the current immigrant crisis from Syria has contributed to the instability in Turkey and Europe. Read more

Political campaign reform research paper topics

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25 to July 28. Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is expected to accept her party’s nomination to run for president this November.

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Learn more about election reform for your research paper. (Credit: Ohiodcca.org)

Also at the convention, the Democratic Party will adopt the official Democratic Party Platform that will form the basis for the presidential campaign. So far, the political campaign process has generated more calls for election reform. The changing face of elections could be the focus of your next research paper. Read more

Black Lives Matter and police shootings as research topic ideas

Alton Sterling. Philando Castile. These are just the two most recent names in a disturbing trend of American police shootings. Racially charged police brutality is not new—the Watts riots of 1965 broke out over an incident of police brutality after an African-American driver was pulled over for drunk driving—but the police shooting videos that have been captured by civilians have raised the awareness of such incidents and lent support to campaigns such as Black Lives Matter, intended to combat the violence of these black deaths.

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

People take part in a protest against police shootings and in support of Black Lives Matter. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz, Reuters)

Why do these incidents occur? What can be done to reduce police violence? These are important research paper topics in response to pressing issues facing the United States today. Read more

Virginia Raggi becomes first woman Mayor of Rome as your research topic

When it was first established, the Five Star Movement in Italy had the purpose of being a protest vote: the party sought to show that the mainstream political movement wasn’t serving the people. In the last seven years, the party has grown in prominence, most recently seeing one of its members, Virginia Raggi, being elected the first woman mayor of Rome.

Virginia Raggi, the first female Mayor of Rome. (Credit: Nadia Shira Cohen, The New York Times)

Virginia Raggi, the first female Mayor of Rome. (Credit: Nadia Shira Cohen, The New York Times)

As the United States is looking to a national election where constituents could potentially elect the first woman president in an atmosphere where many are dissatisfied with the current establishment and the status quo, Italy’s recent elections show that in other nations, women and anti-establishment candidates are both electable, sometimes in the same candidate. Consider looking into European elections, the Five Star Movement, or the success of Virginia Raggi in becoming the first woman Mayor of Rome for research paper topics in international studies and politics. Read more