Controversial research topics: Institutional racism in America

When President Obama was elected to office in 2009, many politicos proclaimed that racism in America had come to an end. But the President himself recently appeared on a radio show where he used the “N” word to emphasize the point that institutional discrimination and racism are still going strong.

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

President Barack Obama used the n-word to make a point about the reality of racism in America during an interview. (Credit: CNN)

In your search for controversial topics for your next research paper, take a look at institutional racism in America. Read more

800th anniversary of the Magna Carta for your research paper

June 15, 2015, is the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. What began as a peace treaty has evolved, for many, into the originator of liberal democracy.

Learn more about the Magna Carta. (Credit: Mums do travel)

Learn more about the Magna Carta. (Credit: Mums do travel)

The historical event is a good time to look back at what the Magna Carta meant when it was first written and what it means to us today. Read more

Research topic: Tackling gun violence in America

Gun control is a topic that is very divisive in our country. No matter where you stand on the issue, for the families and friends of those who die from gun violence in America, the topic is deeply personal.

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

Learn more about gun violence for your research paper. (Credit: HBO.com)

The HBO documentary, Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, personalizes the statistics by profiling eight of the estimated 8,000 people who died during that time period. Read more

Research paper ideas on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement

On Tuesday, June 2, 2015, WikiLeaks issued a statement that it would pay a bounty of $100,000 to whoever would reveal the remaining chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). If you don’t know what the TPP is, that’s because this massive international trade agreement is being negotiated in secrecy. WikiLeaks has been able to disclose a few chapters from the TPP and is determined to inform the public on the rest of the agreement.

Learn more about what the TPP Agreement means. (Credit: Natural Health 365)

Learn more about what the TPP Agreement means. (Credit: Natural Health 365)

It is believed that the remaining 26 chapters contain provisions that will change how we work, live and conduct business. If you’re looking for business-related research paper ideas, then be sure to investigate the TPP. Read more

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

Gustav Klimt artwork Woman in Gold term paper topic

Elements of the movie Woman in Gold would make good research paper topics. The true story is about an elderly Jewish survivor of World War II who sues the Austrian government for the return of the Gustav Klimt artwork “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” also known as the Woman in Gold, which was stolen by the Nazis.

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

Learn more about the Woman in Gold artwork for your research paper. (Credit: BBC Films)

For your art history or history class, consider writing a term paper on the legal and historical aspects of the famous painting. Read more

Political correctness in law, media & sports for your term paper

A good term paper topic is to discuss how political correctness can be beneficial and destructive. A benefit is that people make sure to use unbiased, politically correct terms and nondiscriminatory language so as not to hurt or denigrate other ethnic or racial groups. A disadvantage is when political correctness is taken to an extreme to curb creativity and prevent free speech.

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Discuss political correctness for your next research paper. (Credit: Alamy)

Here are some good research paper topics for you to write about ways political correctness is used in law enforcement, the media and sports. 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

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

Technology news term paper topics

Technology is a vast subject with lots of good research paper topics. Many news websites, such as CNN, BBC, New York Times and Huffington Post, have Technology News departments where you can get ideas on new technology inventions and developments for your term paper.

Check out the latest in technology news. (Credit: dg-wanshengmen.com)

Check out the latest in technology news. (Credit: dg-wanshengmen.com)

Another good source for topics is technology magazines, such as CNET, PC Magazine, Popular Science and Wired. Here are some ideas for research papers on Apple Watch, nanotechnology and technology and the law. Read more