Reveal attacks on press freedom for your research paper

Jon Stewart unveiled his directorial debut, Rosewater on November 7, 2014, at the Telluride Film Festival. Best known as a political satirist and star of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, Stewart chose to tackle a very serious subject, press freedom, for his first film.

Gael Garcia Bernal  deals with press freedom attacks in 'Rosewater.' (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

Gael Garcia Bernal deals with press freedom attacks in ‘Rosewater.’ (Credit: Jenny Nuff)

The Rosewater movie is based on the true story of journalist Maziar Bahari who was held at Iran’s Evin prison for 118 days. The script, also written by Jon Stewart, was adapted from Bahari’s memoir, Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival. Look to the Rosewater film for inspiration for your next research paper on journalists and press freedom. Read more

Criminal justice topics for your research paper

With all the fervor over the recent shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in the news, college students in criminal justice class should be able to find good research paper topics.

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

Criminal justice reform ad rejected by the City of Philadelphia. (Credit: NAACP.org)

One topic for your term paper is the perceived racial bias in the criminal justice system. Other possible topics are the positive link between criminal justice and the Affordable Care Act, and Pope Francis’ condemnation of the death penalty. Read more

Midterm elections 2014 for your research paper

Taking place every two years between presidential elections, the midterm elections voting results can shape the future of the presidency. It is at this time that all members of the House of Representatives are up for re-elections and the 2014 Senate races will determine the membership of one-third of the Senate.

Expect to receive your voting sticker at midterm elections. (Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Expect to receive your voting sticker at midterm elections. (Credit: AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Midterm elections 2014 will also decide the fate of 36 governors as well as many important policies. Voting day 2014 is on Tuesday, the fourth of November. Read more

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

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

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

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

Research topics on “The Roosevelts” documentary

Theodore Roosevelt. Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Eleanor Roosevelt. It may be hard to believe that so much influence and social good came from one family in the first half of the 20th century. But as Ken Burns’ documentary, The Roosevelts, spells out, these three individuals uniquely shaped the path the U.S. took during their lifetimes, as well as in the years since their deaths.

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

Family photo of the Roosevelts. (Credit: Library of Congress)

The PBS documentary offers a range of research paper topics on FDR, Teddy Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt, including topics in politics and economics, social causes and women’s issues. Read more