Ethical issues in science and technology for your term paper

The list of social and ethical issues in science and technology is vast. Scientific achievement often advances faster than man’s ability to emotionally, socially and politically catch up.

There are many ethical issues faced in the field of science and technology. (Credit: reilly.nd.edu)

There are many ethical issues faced in the field of science and technology. (Credit: reilly.nd.edu)

Moral and ethical dilemmas arise when people do not understand the pros and cons of scientific advancements. Two interesting research paper topics you could write about are the ethics of nanotechnology and the modern day eugenics movement. Read more

Discuss the Nobel Peace Prize recipients in your next research paper

The latest recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize not only shine attention on the plight of their main causes—girls’ right to education and children’s rights—but the two winners also draw attention to other important topics.

Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Malala Yousafzai (Reuters/Andrea De Silva), Kailash Satyarthi (AFP Photo/Bobby Bank)

Nobel Peace Prize recipients: Malala Yousafzai (Reuters/Andrea De Silva), Kailash Satyarthi (AFP Photo/Bobby Bank)

Malala Yousafzai is from Pakistan while Kailash Satyarthi is from India, two countries that have long been hostile to one another and who are again embroiled in a conflict. Yousafzai’s award also highlights the lack of women honored with the Nobel Peace Prize since its inception. Read more

Research topic: Supreme Court decision on gay marriage

With the latest decision, or rather lack of a decision, on gay marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court, the balance of states where gays and lesbians will soon be able to legally wed, is tipping. Five states—Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin—had appeals before the high court to overrule lower courts’ decisions to strike down same sex marriage bans.

The Supreme Court not taking a stance on gay marriage makes for a good topic. (Credit: Getty Images)

The Supreme Court not taking a stance on gay marriage makes for a good topic. (Credit: Getty Images)

One avenue to explore for research paper topics on the ruling includes what is behind the Supreme Court’s dodging of these appeals? Another topic question would be are there consequences beyond the five states involved? Read more

Dystopia in literature and movies for your research paper

For your sociology, literature or politics and government class, consider discussing the use of dystopian societies as an allegory for social change. With the popularity of young adult films like The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Giver and The Maze Runner, dystopia has never been in such vogue.

'The Giver' is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

‘The Giver’ is a great example of dystopia in films and literature. (Credit: YouTube)

These films show a society with rigid rules of conduct and an oppressive government controlling their lives. Good research paper topics could be to define dystopia and show how they relate to society and government. Read more

Privacy issues and drone technology for you next term paper

If you think that you have a reasonable expectation of privacy at work, school or at home, then think again. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) otherwise known as drone technology have become so invasive that you may never know true privacy again.

Drone technology has increased privacy concerns. (Credit: Brookings.edu)

Drone technology has increased privacy concerns. (Credit: Brookings.edu)

Once the subject of science fiction, surveillance methods are such that a robotic vehicle can literally be the fly on the wall at a business meeting, political conference or in your home. Privacy issues aren’t just for political figures or the rich and famous. It may be time for you to explore this topic in your next term paper. Read more

Twentieth-century philosophy: good research paper topics

As a philosophy major you’re probably sick of the classic European and Greek philosophers (so thoroughly listed in Monty Python’s “Philosopher’s Drinking Song”!).

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

Study modern day philosophers for your next philosophy research paper. (Credit: Scientia Salon)

For research papers, college students may instead like to write about some famous philosophers of the twentieth and twenty-first century. Here are some good research paper topics on some modern philosophers. Read more

Discuss Post-modern literature in your next research paper

In 1969, I took a class at the University of Michigan that was taught – briefly – by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. He had just finished writing Slaughterhouse Five, which I thought was a satirical novel until I learned that Vonnegut had been a prisoner of war during World War II and had survived the Allied bombing of Dresden in an underground meat locker, which was used as an ad hoc detention facility.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr is an example of post-modern literature. (Credit: The Film Chair)

The German guards called the building Schlachthof Fünf and the POWs called it Slaughterhouse Five. That’s when I also learned that the postmodernism literary movement tends to resist definition. Read more

Research topic on gender inequality awareness

It may seem like everyone is always talking about gender inequality and the wage gap—as if these are outdated subjects. Shouldn’t we have solved those issues by now? But the truth is that gender inequality is still rampant, and it is brought to the attention of diplomats and the general public by people like UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, who made an impassioned speech in September about how gender inequality is not a woman’s issue—it’s a human issue.

UN Ambassador Emma Watson addresses gender inequality. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Getty Images)

UN Ambassador Emma Watson addresses gender inequality. (Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez, Getty Images)

If you are looking for a good research paper topic in gender studies or women’s studies, consider looking at the wage gap, the content of (or reactions to) UN Ambassador Emma Watson’s speech, or a recent study that shows girls are actually ahead of boys—worldwide—in receiving higher grades and achieving student success. Read more

Miss Marple in British literature for your next research paper

When it comes to murder mysteries in British literature nothing beats Agatha Christie and her iconic character, Miss Marple. Although she is a fictional character, Miss Marple has become a beloved figure at the center of murder and mayhem for decades.

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

Unravel the mystery with Miss Marple. (Credit: Fanpop.com)

She was most recently seen in the PBS series Masterpiece Mystery! If you’re sleuthing for good research paper topics in literature, consider looking into the works of Agatha Christie and the character of Miss Marple. Read more

Books on the Industrial Revolution worth citing in your paper

Are you searching for books on the Industrial Revolution worth citing in your research paper? Well, you will find a great deal of high-quality, scholarly research on the topic.

Industrial Revolution sequence from London 2012 Olympics. (Credit: Jon Smith)

Industrial Revolution sequence from London 2012 Olympics. (Credit: Jon Smith)

The Industrial Revolution is a term usually applied to the social and economic changes that mark the transition from a stable agricultural and commercial society to a modern industrial society relying on complex machinery rather than tools. It is used historically to refer primarily to the period in British history from the middle of the 18th century to the middle of the 19th century. Read more