Term paper: Government surveillance and whistleblowers

The aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center saw an escalation of government surveillance on the American people. But intrusion into personal privacy has a long history in the U.S. Now PBS’ Independent Lens reveals how 44 years ago a group of citizens exposed the FBI’s illegal surveillance program in the documentary, 1971.

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

How do you feel about the current government surveillance? (Credit: Thomson Reuters)

If you are looking for research paper topics about the legal system, constitutional rights and the criminal justice system, then check out the film on your local station or online by searching for PBS documentaries. Read more

Cover new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper

Racism in the United States, particularly in the South, is a topic that seems to be in the news more and more. Despite the attention that it receives, the treatment of African Americans is still something very much in need of improvement, as the HBO documentary by Gillian Laub, Southern Rites shows all too well.

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

Discuss the new HBO documentary on racism for your next research paper. (Credit: Gillian Laub/HBO)

For your next research paper on racism or race relations, consider discussing this new documentary. Read more

Ethnic diversity and inclusion in higher education

In the last decade or so, colleges and universities have realized that they need to actively push for cultural and ethnic diversity and inclusion in both their faculty and student body on college campus. College presidents are establishing councils to provide an inclusive perspective on college issues.

What do you know about diversity in higher education? (Credit: Joanne Chan)

What do you know about diversity in higher education? (Credit: Joanne Chan)

They are holding meetings, planning agendas, organizing group discussions and hosting symposia to promote diversity. Good research paper topics on diverse issues in higher education could be to write about college efforts to increase diversity. Read more

5 classroom management strategies for your term paper

Education majors learn how to teach students of various age groups. Management of the classroom is one very important element of effective teaching. Preventing and reducing disruptions are necessary for teachers so they can get on with the business of teaching.

Our tips are sure to help with classroom management. (Credit: The Active Class)

Our tips are sure to help with classroom management. (Credit: The Active Class)

For your term paper, you could research and devise a step-by-step plan for classroom management techniques for various age groups and grades. Explain what works for which types of students. Here are some basic tips for nearly any grade that would make good research paper topics. 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

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

Explore human rights and Sebastião Salgado for your next research paper

The extraordinary career of photographer Sebastião Salgado is chronicled in the documentary film Salt of the Earth. The movie takes a look at his career as an award-winning photographer, taking images of people around the world.

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Salt of the Earth documentary discusses human rights. (Credit: The Culturist)

Many of his black-and-white photographs focus on human rights violations and human suffering from war zones and other areas of conflict. For your next research paper, consider discussing human rights or documentary filmmaking with focus on the Salt of the Earth documentary. Read more

Research topic: Sexual assault on college campus

The Hunting Ground is a new documentary that chronicles the pervasive problem of sexual assault on college campuses, the reluctance of school administrations to do anything about it and the stand sexual assault survivors are taking to change this.

Discuss sexual assault on college campuses for your research paper. (Credit: Her Campus)

Discuss sexual assault on college campuses for your research paper. (Credit: Her Campus)

For your criminal justice or education class term paper, you could write about sexual assault on your college campus, the poor reporting of sexual crimes, the lack of criminal charges filed, and poor resources for survivors by college administrators. Read more

Research topic: Hillary Clinton and the 2016 presidential election

After months, even years, of speculation, Hillary Clinton finally has announced that she is running for president in the 2016 presidential election.

Hillary Clinton has officially announced she'll run in the 2016 presidential election. (Credit: Forbes)

Hillary Clinton has officially announced she’ll run in the 2016 presidential election. (Credit: Forbes)

Hillary Clinton has already been a major force for women in politics, as first lady, a U.S. Senator and as Secretary of State, but now will she become the first female president, too? Read more

Education policy and No Child Left Behind for your research paper

Some good research paper topics on education policy and law involve writing about the role of the federal government and the Department of Education in education policy in the United States.

Learn more about No Child Left Behind and education policy. (Credit: WFMJ.com)

Learn more about No Child Left Behind and education policy. (Credit: WFMJ.com)

For example, a term paper topic on education reform could be to research the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, which is being discussed in Congress with an overhaul to some of its provisions expected soon. Read more