Political correctness in law, media & sports for your term paper

A good term paper topic is to discuss how political correctness can be beneficial and destructive. A benefit is that people make sure to use unbiased, politically correct terms and nondiscriminatory language so as not to hurt or denigrate other ethnic or racial groups. A disadvantage is when political correctness is taken to an extreme to curb creativity and prevent free speech.

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Here are some good research paper topics for you to write about ways political correctness is used in law enforcement, the media and sports. Read more

Free speech and hate groups: Research paper topic

Free speech—it is one of the bedrocks upon which the United States was built. But the American Freedom Defense Initiative, an anti-Muslim hate group led by Pamela Geller, tested the limits of that founding principle recently. The group sponsored a cartoon contest to depict the prophet Muhammad, in response to the attack in January on Charlie Hebdo, something followers of Islam strictly prohibit.

Learn more about free speech for your next research paper. (Credit: U.S. Chamber Foundation)

Learn more about free speech for your next research paper. (Credit: U.S. Chamber Foundation)

Two armed men were shot and killed after firing on police, acting as security, at the event. For your next research paper on free speech or hate speech, topic ideas include Muhammad or anti-Muslim groups. Learn more about each of them here. Read more

Thomas Hardy literature and film adaptations as your research topic

Good thing Henry James isn’t around to review the latest film adaptation of Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. In a review James wrote when the novel was first published, he wrote of the main character, Bathsheba Everdene (played by Carey Mulligan in the new movie): “We cannot say that we either understand or like Bathsheba. She is a young lady of the inconsequential, willful, mettlesome type.”

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

Learn more about the Thomas Hardy novel turned film adaptation. (Credit: Shockya.com)

But who knows, maybe he would approve of the latest incarnation more than the novel, as most reviews seem to. For your next research paper in literature, discuss the many perceptions of this Thomas Hardy classic. Read more

Term paper: Media coverage of mental illness

For your next term paper, consider writing about the often harmful way the media cover mental illness. The media are often too quick to make broad generalizations, stigmatize mentally ill people and link violence with depression. Mental illnesses are complex and affect people in various ways, and the media should reflect this when reporting.

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

Discuss how mental illness is seen through media coverage. (Credit: dilw.ie)

For good research paper topics for your classes on psychology, mental illness or print or broadcast journalism, you can write about the ways the media covers mental illness. Read more

Earthquake in Nepal and natural disasters for your research paper

The earthquake in Nepal that happened on Saturday, April 25, has proved beyond devastating for the country. With the death toll continuing to mount –by Monday, April 27, it had risen to more than 4,000 –the people of Nepal will be in desperate need of humanitarian relief in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Rescuers search for bodies in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. (Credit: Reuters)

Rescuers search for bodies in the aftermath of the Nepal earthquake. (Credit: Reuters)

Is it possible for countries around the world to be better prepared for natural disasters, or do we simply have to accept that it is just a matter of when, not if, they occur? Consider discussing the impact natural disasters have on our world, particularly the Nepal earthquake, for your next research paper. Read more

Summer online courses: We found the 8 most unusual

College students can get bored during the summer. I kept my brain from turning to mush on a beach by improving my academics with some summer reading and light hearted studying by taking online courses in a zany or unusual subject.

Have you considered online courses over summer break?

Have you considered online courses over summer break?

I took a course in the Hawaiian language and it was fascinating. My study tip for college students who want to expand their knowledge is to search the Internet for unique and fun online courses. Read more

Is grad school worth it with my college major?

If you’re close to completing your bachelor’s degree then the question of grad school is likely on your mind. Moving on to earn more academic degrees takes more planning than it used to because of the higher costs of college. The question becomes, “Is a master’s degree worth it?”

Find out now if grad school is right for you.

Find out now if grad school is right for you.

Depending on your college major it may well be worth the time and costs. Let’s take a look at whether a postgraduate degree is a good choice for you. Read more

Diverse casts in Hollywood as your research topic

In Dreamworks Home, a young girl named Tip befriends a misfit alien named Oh after Oh’s people, the Boov, have taken over Earth as their new homeland. While the film features a number of familiar tropes, it’s exceptional in that Tip is the first African-American female lead of a 3D animated feature. She’s also the first African-American female lead of any animated feature who stays human through the whole movie (unlike 2009’s Princess and the Frog from Disney).

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Hollywood diversity does not reflect the U.S. diverse population. (Credit: Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA)

Voiced by Rihanna, who is joined by Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons as Oh, Tip shows a slow, but hopefully growing, trend toward diversity in Hollywood. Consider looking at this animated feature, or study results on diverse casts in Hollywood, for a paper in film studies or African American studies. Read more

Sex and gender: What is transgender? For your next research paper

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Olympic star and Kardashian clan member Bruce Jenner has been undergoing a gender change. Bruce Jenner’s before and after pictures reveal that he is now sporting long hair and nails and a fuller bosom. Jenner is fortunate in that he has received the support of his family.

Learn more about Bruce Jenner's transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn more about Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

His story highlights the questions of what is transgender, sex and gender and gender stereotypes. Framed as they are in the context of a public figure’s personal struggles, these timely issues would be good research paper topics. Read more

Liquid metal properties and applications for research paper topics

With shades of the T-1000 transforming robot in Terminator 2 who could change shape and morph into whatever weapon he needed, scientists in China have announced the discovery of a liquid metal alloy that has shape shifting and self-propulsion properties.

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

This discovery offers good research paper topics for your mechanical engineering or biotechnology class. Read more