Research topic: Is the new Star Wars story Rogue One a political movie?

Disney chief executive officer Bob Iger made waves when, in response to a budding boycott, he proclaimed that the new Star Wars film, Rogue One, was not a political movie. The movie centers around the efforts of a team of rebels to retrieve the plans for the superweapon, the Death Star, from the evil Galactic Empire. It is a prequel to the original Star Wars. Given the nature of two opposing governments engaged in both an idealistic and a literal battle, how could any Star Wars film not be political in some fashion?

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

Do you find Star Wars to be a political movie? (Credit: Twinfinite)

For your next research paper in political science, consider looking into the ideological perspectives in Rogue One, or the elements of realism used in portraying war in the film as compared to the more fantastic elements in previous franchise installments. Read more

Feminism and racism in Disney’s Moana as research topic ideas

The new film from Disney, Moana, has done extremely well in the box office since its release. Though never quite reaching the heights of its princess-style predecessor, Frozen, the film has reaped in critical acclaim from a wide number of reviewers. But while some praise the perceived feminism of a Disney Princess who needs no prince to succeed, others continue to question Disney’s cultural appropriation, particularly in light of the controversy over a Halloween costume of Maui that was pulled from shelves after being deemed offensive.

Learn more about Disney's Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Learn more about Disney’s Moana for your research paper. (Credit: Movie Mezzanine)

Disney films shine a light into contemporary pop culture and its relationship with feminism and racism in particular, so if you are looking for a research paper topic in film studies, Polynesian studies or women’s studies, you can find plenty of material in Moana. Read more

Musical theater research paper topics

Musical theater plays a big role in our culture as evidenced by the popularity of big budget Broadway musicals.

Explore the many topics to be covered on musical theater. (Credit: Lazarus Group)

Explore the many topics to be covered on musical theater. (Credit: Lazarus Group)

Here are some research paper topics for women in theater, the relationship between Broadway and television, and children’s theater. Read more

Documentary film on James Baldwin offers research paper topics

The documentary film, I Am Not Your Negro, works from the writings of James Baldwin to tell not only the writer’s story, but also a story of the Civil Rights movement.

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Learn more about the late James Baldwin for your research paper. (Credit: Esquire)

Baldwin is a central figure in African-American literature and offers many avenues to explore in a research paper, including his unfinished book profiling Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King. Read more

The Whole Truth and legal issues for your research paper

In the film, The Whole Truth, Keanu Reeves plays a troubled defense attorney who grapples with moral and legal issues in defense of his client. In defending a young man accused of murdering his wealthy father, Reeve’s character soon learns, “Everybody lies.” The line between what is legal and what is moral is often in question when one observes the legal system.

Learn more about legal ethics in new movie, The Whole Truth. (Credit: Japan Times)

Learn more about legal ethics in new movie, The Whole Truth. (Credit: Japan Times)

For that reason you should consider criminal defense as your next research paper topic. Read more

Political communication term paper topics

Political communication is the use of media to influence political outcomes in elections, political campaigns, debates, revolutions, and government operations. Through images, symbols, and rhetoric, individuals or groups try to manipulate or influence others toward a cause or ideology.

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Learn more about political communication for your research paper. (Credit: Tel Aviv University)

Here are some term paper topics for political communication in the presidential election and Arab Spring. Read more

Research topic: Netflix’s Marvel’s Luke Cage explores timely social issues

The symbolism in Marvel’s Luke Cage, the newest of its Netflix superhero series, is not terribly subtle: “Having Luke Cage wandering around, wearing a hoodie as an act of defiance, reading Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man feels a bit on the nose,” noted Daniel Fienberg in a review for The Hollywood Reporter, “‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’: TV Review,” posted September 27, 2016. But the pointed commentary and the show’s willingness to engage with social issues may be one of its strengths. It’s the first television show to center on a black superhero, based on a character created during the Blaxploitation craze of the 1970s.

Learn more about Marvel's superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

Learn more about Marvel’s superhero series, Luke Cage. (Credit: Marvel, Netflix)

That Luke Cage, sometimes known as Power Man, who is bulletproof, is increasingly relevant in an age of #BlackLivesMatter and increased media coverage of the shootings of unarmed black men. But that social consciousness is only one of the aspects of Marvel’s Luke Cage that would make an interesting research paper topic in your film and television studies or African American studies classes. It’s also a great source for an extracurricular reading list. Read more

The Light Between Oceans and psychology topics for your research paper

The film, The Light Between Oceans, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander tells the story of a couple’s tragic decision and its consequences. Grieving from the loss of three pregnancies, the lead characters find and keep an infant who survives a shipwreck near the lighthouse where they live.

Learn how you can discuss The Light Between Oceans in your psychology paper. (Credit: DreamWorks)

Learn how you can discuss The Light Between Oceans in your psychology paper. (Credit: DreamWorks)

Their motivations and how they deal with the discovery of the child’s natural mother make for gripping drama and a wealth of psychology topics to explore for your research papers. Read more

Hollywood movie remakes and Ben-Hur as your research topics

For your term paper, you can write about how Hollywood prefers movie remakes and nostalgia when releasing the latest movies—the new Ben-Hur movie is a classic example. Remakes and reboots are popular throughout motion picture and television history.

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Learn more about the Ben-Hur movie for your research paper. (Credit: Mountain Xpress)

Here are some interesting research paper topics on the popularity of the remake in Hollywood movies. Read more

Television history research topic: Television producer Norman Lear

Legendary television producer Norman Lear is the subject of a new documentary, Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You. Responsible for many successful television sitcoms during the 1970s and 1980s, the 93-year-old has been called the most influential producer in the history of television.

Learn more about television history and Norman Lear. (Credit: ABC News)

Learn more about television history and Norman Lear. (Credit: ABC News)

His “All in the Family” episodes often dealt with controversial subjects of the time. His success and subject matter has influenced recent television producers, such as Shonda Rhimes. Here are some interesting research paper topics on Norman Lear. Read more