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

Top 5 Questia blog posts for 2016

As a new year begins, we want to take a look back at 2016 to see which blog posts were the top picks for our readers.

Check out our countdown below to see who made the cut for our top 5 blog posts! Read more

Research paper topics on gun control, four years after Sandy Hook

It has now been four years since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, the Second Amendment and the issue of gun control has been a constant topic in the news.

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

Learn more about gun control for your research paper. (Credit: The Federalist)

A multitude of research paper topics can deal with this controversial issue, from legal precedents that support the right to bear arms to mass shootings in the United States to bills that prevent research into gun violence. Read more

Research paper topics on criminal law

The penal code classifies crimes as treason, felony or misdemeanor. The fundamental distinction between felonies and misdemeanors rests with the penalty and the power of imprisonment. Some offenses, such a murder, may be subject to capital punishment, also known as the death penalty. Other offenses, such as drug cases, are subject to mandatory sentencing rules.

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

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

What constitutes a crime and the question of punishments encompasses many possible research paper topics. Read more

Research paper topics: Presidential inauguration

The U.S. presidential election took place in November, so why do we wait until January 20th to inaugurate the new president?

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

Learn more about the process of the presidential inauguration. (Credit: CenterStage)

If you are looking for interesting research paper topics in American history, consider researching the history of the presidential inauguration, the role the Electoral College plays in the delay between election and inauguration, and the oath of office the president takes when he assumes his office. 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

Discuss Pearl Harbor virtual reality world in your history research paper

December 7, 2016, was the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which precipitated the United States entering World War II. The sneak attack is a topic that offers many research paper topics, from how the U.S. missed the signs of the attack to how the U.S.’s entry into the war changed the course of events for that global conflict.

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

Time, Inc. is incorporating virtual reality into remembrance of Pearl Harbor. (Credit: CNN)

As fewer and fewer survivors of the attack are left to help others remember that day, new technologies are offering new ways of honoring historic events by creating a virtual reality world, including a Time Inc. VR experience, Remembering Pearl Harbor. Read more

Positive psychology and psychology of happiness research paper topics

The raunchy comedy game show “@Midnight” recently had an all-happy episode in which there would be no bad news, no election coverage and instead, cat videos, and puppies and babies doing cute things. The psychology of happiness, also known as positive psychology, is big business (and a pharmaceutical profit bonanza) as people just want to feel good.

Learn more about the psychology of happiness here. (Credit: Gusto)

Learn more about the psychology of happiness here. (Credit: Gusto)

Even the Declaration of Independence assures that we have the right to pursue happiness. Here are some research paper topics on how the field of psychology studies happiness and the work of Martin Seligman. Read more

Questia Reading Room: Celebrate holidays around the world

Around the world, there are many ways to celebrate the holiday season.

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the many holidays around the globe. (Credit: Chicago Now)

Learn more about the history and rituals of seasonal holidays through our reading room books – FREE for the next month. 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