Research Paper Topics in Education Law and Policy

Education can be a surprisingly contentious area for the development of law and policy. While many of the most pivotal cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education that ruled that segregated schools were unconstitutional, have long been accepted as common practice, federal education policies, such as the No Child Left Behind Act and the Common Core curriculum, have fierce debates between proponents and critics.

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

There are many available topics on education law. (Credit: wiseGEEK)

If you are looking for research paper topics in education law and policy, you could consider looking into the division between federal and state legislation, historic rulings that have changed education law or the role of standardized testing, as well as the debates on at what grade levels testing is most appropriate, and how much importance testing should be given when allowing schools to receive government funding. Read more

The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age as a Research Topic

The anticipated new film adaptation of the Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle opened starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson. The movie takes a fresh look at privacy in the digital age where the citizens of corporate culture are not the victims of but rather the perpetrators of a high surveillance norm.

Do you worry about privacy in this digital age? (Credit: YouTube)

Do you worry about privacy in this digital age? (Credit: YouTube)

Research topics could delve into how a society can manifest in a world where privacy no longer exists or how dystopian films have touched on similar issues. Read more

Henrietta Lacks’ Case Debates Medical Ethics as Your Research Topic

The fascinating case of Henrietta Lacks has many good research paper topics. The case is still being debated 60 years after the African-American woman died in 1951. Her case raises questions of medical ethics, medical research, privacy and patient’s rights.

Discuss medical ethics and Henrietta Lacks as your research topic. (Credit: blackfilm)

Discuss medical ethics and Henrietta Lacks as your research topic. (Credit: blackfilm)

Rebecca Skloot wrote a book about Lacks, and this week, HBO is playing a movie, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the book, starring Oprah Winfrey. The “immortal” in the title refers to cells taken from Lacks, which are still alive today. Read more

Ethics in Higher Education Research Paper Topics

Colleges and universities are as susceptible to questionable ethics as any other business or organization.

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Discuss the issue of ethics in education in your research paper. (Credit: Ethics in Education)

Here are some research paper topics on ethics in higher education, a code of ethics for teachers, fixing corruption and establishing ethical standards in college and the ethics of big data. Read more

Criminal Law Research Paper Topics

Criminal law, the branch of law that defines crimes and provides for their punishment. A crime is regarded as an offense committed against the public, even though only one individual may have been wronged. The wrongdoer is prosecuted by the state for the purpose of punishment. Crimes are usually classified as treason, felony or misdemeanor with the distinction being the penalty and the power of imprisonment.

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: Seufert Law)

Learn more about criminal law for your research paper. (Credit: Seufert Law)

In the U.S., each state’s criminal code defines what is a crime and the punishment to be dealt for a crime. Other research paper topics in criminal law include capital punishment and mandatory sentencing. Read more

The Handmaid’s Tale Research Paper Topics

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985 by Margaret Atwood, is a book, movie, and now a new Hulu television series about a dystopian future in which widespread sterility has put men in charge of women’s fertility.

Discover more on women's health in The Handmaid's Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

Discover more on women’s health in The Handmaid’s Tale. (Credit: New Yorker)

The story has implications in today’s political climate where laws are being passed restricting women’s ability to decide their own course of reproduction. Read more

Government Information Research Paper Topics

Government information is vital for an informed citizenry. Information needs to be factual, secure and readily available to everyone.

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Find out more on government information as a research topic. (Credit: E-commerce Times)

Some good research paper topics on government information are mistrust of local and federal government information, technology trends and data security of information, and access to information. Read more

Constitutional Rights to Internet Privacy Research Paper Topics

The world wide web has become an integral part of our daily lives. Many Americans may not be aware, however, that the right to privacy soon won’t be guaranteed when it comes to our internet searches. The U.S. Congress recently passed legislation that takes away any internet privacy for citizens and allows telecommunications companies to sell your search histories.

Find out more about your internet privacy rights. (Credit: Galigio)

Find out more about your internet privacy rights. (Credit: Galigio)

Research paper topics on this subject to consider include how does such a law play with our Constitutional rights or do we need FCC rules and protections for internet privacy in the first place? Read more

Consequences of HB2 in North Carolina: Economic and Political Science Topics

It’s been one year since the controversial HB2 legislation was passed in North Carolina. Known as the Bathroom Bill, or by its official name—Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act—the bill established a new definition for the state of which classes of people were protected against discrimination, leaving out specific coverage of LGBT individuals or veterans.

See what topics you can cover on HB2. (Credit: WRAL)

See what topics you can cover on HB2. (Credit: WRAL)

Another aspect of the bill required public schools, state university and community college systems, state agencies and local government offices to restrict bathroom access to the person’s assigned sex at birth, which prohibited transgender people from using the bathroom that fit their gender identity. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Women’s History Month

During Women’s History Month, we believe it’s important to recognize and acknowledge the women who worked hard to break down barriers and allow future generations of women to achieve their dreams.

Expand your knowledge of women's history with our free books. (Credit: WILL)

Expand your knowledge of women’s history with our free books. (Credit: WILL)

Learn more about this movement with our FREE set of books over the next month. Read more