Take a look at NSA and privacy for your next research paper

A new Edward Snowden documentary by Laura Poitra offers a study of the man and his whistleblowing. Electronic surveillance of ordinary citizens has become systemic, and the NSA wiretapping has exposed how few privacy rights we have.

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. (Credit: Reuters)

Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor. (Credit: Reuters)

Will this latest look at the former NSA employee do anything to turn back the tide of government intrusion? Read more

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Cognitive psychology topics for your research paper

One growing area of psychology is cognitive psychology, the study of mental processes, such as memory, perception, learning, language, problem solving and creativity. Some good research paper topics could be to provide a cognitive psychology definition with its related disciplines and to discuss trends in cognitive psychology.

For your psychology class, look into researching cognitive psychology. (Credit: NIU.edu)

For your psychology class, look into researching cognitive psychology. (Credit: NIU.edu)

For your term paper you could also explain practical applications of cognitive psychology and describe possible career paths for people with degrees in cognitive psychology. Read more

Research paper topic: Simon Bolivar, the liberator of South America

On October 3, 2014, the film biography of Simon Bolivar, “The Liberator,” opened in art houses and cinemas across the U.S. Bolivar, who is often called the George Washington of Latin American countries, is a true hero and one among many interesting research paper topics related to Latin American history.

The Liberator Simon Bolivar leads his army into battle. (Credit: Ben Kenber)

The Liberator Simon Bolivar leads his army into battle. (Credit: Ben Kenber)

Although he died almost 200 years ago, Bolivar’s influence is still strong in the politics and culture of Latin America. Read more

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