Research paper topics: Captain America Civil War and the United Nations

Marvel’s newest blockbuster, Captain America: Civil War, posits the notion that the Avengers need to be held accountable for their actions. The solution? Form a United Nations taskforce to oversee the group, assign them to missions, and answer for the problems they cause.

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Learn more about the United Nations through Captain America: Civil War. (Credit: io9/Gizmodo)

Captain America, who has been burned by international oversight before (Marvel’s World Security Council was infiltrated by a fanatic spin-off of the World War II Nazi party in Captain America: The Winter Soldier) argues that accepting oversight from the United Nations would mean the Avengers had less ability to make their own decisions about where and when to intervene. Read more

MPAA ratings system and Deadpool as your research topic

It’s something the Deadpool movie jokes about in its own script: a superhero movie with over the top graphic violence, on-screen nudity, and sexual content. There’s been an assumption that superhero movies won’t do well if they’re rated R, because the genre is supposedly a family friendly one. But the appropriately R-rated Deadpool has raked in box office rewards, making some people question once again the usefulness of the MPAA ratings system.

What do you think of Deadpool's MPAA ratings system grade? (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

What do you think of Deadpool’s MPAA ratings system grade? (Credit: 20th Century Fox)

Beyond the Check the Box initiative of 2013, the ratings system has changed very little over the years. If you are looking for a research paper topic for your film class or for a course on American ethics, consider looking at the MPAA ratings system and how assumptions about what those ratings mean changes over time. Read more

Grammar usage and English grammar test instruction

Grammar and effective word usage are important to writing well. There have been many studies on teaching grammar successfully and learning to write properly.

Ace your research papers by using proper grammar. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Ace your research papers by using proper grammar. (Credit: Huffington Post)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on grammar lessons, letting students write instead of memorizing grammar rules, Britain’s new English grammar test that is challenging teachers, and persuasive professional writing with creative word usage. Read more

Comic book superheroes in popular culture as your research topic

The new Batman v. Superman movie proves Hollywood’s embrace of superhero characters for a general audience. Comic book superheroes have permeated our culture.

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Learn more about pop culture superheroes. (Credit: The Telegraph)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on comic books’ influence on popular culture and real-life superheroes. Read more

A different take on the war in Afghanistan as your research topic

The latest movie from famed comedian Tina Fey, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, is based on the memoir by Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle. While the movie diverges somewhat from the memoir’s original plot, it still focuses on a war correspondent confronting the realities of the War in Afghanistan.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot offers a different twist on the war in Afghanistan. (Credit: NPR)

Not only does the war itself offer many research paper topics, but also the role of the media in wartime is another area to explore. Read more

Bible stories in Hollywood: Term paper topics

You can write your term paper on how broadcast TV and Hollywood movies have had a generally successful relationship with religious and Bible stories.

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Learn more about stories of the Bible from Of Kings and Prophets. (Credit: Bob D’Amico, ABC)

The most recent is ABC’s new series Of Kings and Prophets. Here are some interesting research paper topics for your broadcasting or entertainment classes on how stories in the Bible are produced for television and movies. Read more

Advertising and public relations term paper topics

Some good research paper topics are to discuss current advertising and public relations techniques in the digital age.

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Find out more about advertising and public relations. (Credit: CN.edu)

High profile companies and organizations like Apple News, NASA and Victoria’s Secret have devised creative ways to distribute ads and news, which you can write about for your research paper. Read more

Research paper topic ideas for your Black History research paper

Just in time for Black History Month and in stark contrast to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, The Birth of a Nation has garnered top honors at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by newcomer, Nate Parker, the film tells the story of Nat Turner, a preacher and slave who led a slave rebellion in 1831.

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

Learn more about Black History for your research paper. (Credit: Time)

While waiting for the film to appear in theaters, college students can check out Black History research paper topics and get a background in Black History. Read more

Research topic: Jesse Owens and Race biopic

Films about important historical figures may not be the biggest blockbusters in Hollywood, but they are movie staples that offer a combination of entertainment and history (some more accurate than others). Race, starring Stephan James as Jesse Owens, is one biopic that comes out in theaters this month. The Race movie is additionally important in the current Hollywood climate, in which the Academy is being highly criticized for snubbing African American actors for awards.

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

Learn more about Jesse Owens and the latest biopic, Race. (Credit: Moviefone)

If you’re looking for a good research paper topic for a film studies or American studies class, consider taking a look at this new film about athlete Jesse Owens. Read more

#OscarsSoWhite and diversity as your research topic

For the second year in a row, all of the actors in the 2016 Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress categories are white. In 2015, the hashtagged phrase #OscarsSoWhite made the rounds on Twitter, protesting the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards. When the situation repeated itself in 2016, noted Hollywood voices including Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith announced their intentions to boycott the Oscars to make a statement.

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

Find out more on how the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag came to life. (Credit: Ivan Bandura)

The Academy was quick to react, and has released a number of changes dedicated to increasing the diversity of the Academy—and thus, they hope, its award winners—by 2020. If you are looking for a research paper topic in your courses on film studies, African American studies, or civil rights, consider taking a look at the changes being made by the Academy—and weighing in on whether or not this is enough. Read more