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

Legal research paper: Women’s rights in marriage

In many societies, women’s rights in marriage include the right to obtain a divorce no matter the reasons for divorce. However, in some societies, religious laws govern how and when a divorce can be granted. This is the case in Israel where only Orthodox rabbis can sanction or dissolve a marriage.

Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, discusses women's rights in marriage. (Credit: Variety.com)

Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem, discusses women’s rights in marriage. (Credit: Variety.com)

The story of one Jewish woman’s quest for a divorce is told in the film, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem. The film’s title refers to the divorce document, a gett, which can only be delivered to a woman after consent from a rabbi. This film may be the starting point for your next research paper on law, religion or women’s rights. 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

International governments term paper topics

For college students who are a world governments or international relations major, there are many interesting research paper topics to choose from. Consider writing about international policies, elections, laws and economics.

Learn more about international relations for your research paper. (Credit: gla.ac.uk)

Learn more about international relations for your research paper. (Credit: gla.ac.uk)

For a start, here are term paper ideas covering the Australian government, German government and Hong Kong government. Read more

Criminal law research topic: Robert Durst murder charges

The millionaire Robert Durst has long been suspected in the death of his friend Susan Berman, as well as his first wife and a neighbor. The star of the HBO documentary The Jinx, Durst recently was arrested in Louisiana for felony gun and drug possession, and is now awaiting extradition to California for murder charges he faces in Los Angeles.

Robert Durst, a millionaire real-estate heir, has been charged with murder. (Credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

Robert Durst, a millionaire real-estate heir, has been charged with murder. (Credit: Gerald Herbert/AP)

The strange case of the man born into one of New York’s wealthiest families continues to garner media attention across the country as new details emerge. Read more