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Introduction to Philosophy class term paper topics

Many freshmen are likely taking Introduction to Philosophy this semester. Here are some good research paper topics.

There are many good topics to cover on philosophy. (Credit: University of Chicago)

There are many good topics to cover on philosophy. (Credit: University of Chicago)

For your term paper you can write about unethical advertisements aimed at children, the philosophy of economic globalization, global human rights and the philosophy of climate change. Read more

Research paper topic: The true cost of the fashion industry

The fashion industry has managed to make stratospheric profits by producing affordable trendy clothes and lots of them. These profits are made possible by thousands of workers who labor in sweatshops for pennies an hour. “Fast fashion” as it is called, is made largely overseas where human rights take a back seat to production and profit.

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

Find out more about the fashion industry. (Credit: CNN Money)

What social responsibility do companies like the Gap and Wal-Mart owe to their workers? One of the top documentary films of 2015, The True Cost, will inform you and inspire you to write your next research paper. Read more

Cover world politics issues for your next research paper

You may not be a big fan of world news or world politics unless your major is international studies or economics. But with the next presidential election looming ahead, this is a good time to get acquainted with the hot issues in political news. Voting for the next leader of the free world is very important.

Which world politics topic interests you the most? (Credit: UWP.com)

Which world politics topic interests you the most? (Credit: UWP.com)

Whoever wins the election will be grappling with global issues such as nuclear proliferation and climate change. You can use this opportunity to prepare yourself for voting in the 2016 election and write a killer research paper at the same time. Read more

Research topic: the American diet and new dietary guidelines

The American diet is one of the worst in the world. Later in 2015, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will publish an updated Dietary Guidelines booklet promoting new nutrition data and a healthy diet. Not everyone is on board with the changes.

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Many unhealthy foods make up the American diet. (Credit: Hartman Group)

Interesting research paper topics could be to discuss the American diet, updated nutrition information and ways companies are promoting healthy eating. Read more

Research topic: Depicting censorship and police abuse

The new biopic movie Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise of the gangsta rap group N.W.A. (Ni**as With Attitude) whose first studio album “Straight Outta Compton” in 1988 revolutionized hip hop music and culture. Controversy erupted when N.W.A. songs contained lyrics depicting the brutal truth about living in Compton, a poor and racially charged town in southern Los Angeles County.

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

See how censorship, police abuse and law enforcement are viewed in Straight Outta Compton. (Credit: Universal Pictures)

The movie offers interesting research paper topics on censorship, police abuse and law enforcement. Read more

How to write an essay: Stretch a three paragraph idea into a five page gem

Does the idea of writing an essay fill you with dread? You’re not alone. But learning how to write an essay is easy once you get used to the essay structure. Unlike a research paper where you are using the viewpoint of other researchers, in an essay you’re going to frame your own point of view and support it with well-organized facts and examples.

Learn how to write an essay with ease. (Credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Learn how to write an essay with ease. (Credit: Orin Zebest/Flickr)

Check out your course syllabus to see if your course requirements include writing an essay. Sooner or later you’re going to have to do one. Here are some tips on how to make sure that your essay is long enough to make the grade. Read more

Research paper: The use of symbolism in art

In the continuing search for good research paper topics, consider looking into the use of symbolism in art. Just as in literature, those who express themselves through media such as paint, clay or even architecture often use symbols as a way to further their own artistic expression. Dream symbols and color symbolism are just two symbolism examples.

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

Can you spot the symbolism in this art piece? (Credit: Prisma Archivo/Alamy)

You might think that all symbolic art is abstract art but that’s not the case. Beginning with cave drawings and progressing through today, artists continue to elevate the meaning of their work through the use of symbols. Read more

Barry Crimmins: Standup comedy and activism for your research paper

While you’ve probably heard of standup comedy legends Bobcat Goldthwait and Patton Oswalt, you may not know about the man they consider a mentor and an inspiration – Barry Crimmins. Now you can learn about the comedian, the man and his cause in the film Call Me Lucky, directed by Bobcat Goldthwait.

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

The antipornography activist and comic Barry Crimmins. (Credit: MPI Media Group)

A fixture in the Boston standup community for many years, Crimmins took on the role of social activist when he revealed that as a child he had been subjected to repeated physical abuse. Crimmins’s story will inspire you to explore his cause against abusers and Internet pornography for your next research paper. Read more

Bilingual education pros and cons as your research topic

Good research paper topics are to discuss various aspects of bilingual education. Some say teaching children in their native language can help them grasp concepts more easily, while they learn English. Others advocate for English-only so children gain proficiency in English more quickly.

Learn more about bilingual education for your research paper. (Credit: Livingbilingual.com)

Learn more about bilingual education for your research paper. (Credit: Livingbilingual.com)

Other critics say all students, whether immigrant or not, should be multilingual so they can better compete in a global market. California Senator Ricardo Lara introduced a bill to bring bilingual education back to his state. Read more

A new look at Sherlock Holmes for your next literature research paper

Without a doubt, Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters in not only British literature but all of literature. The list of actors who have portrayed the consulting detective includes everyone from Charleton Heston to Benedict Cumberbatch. Now we have a truly unique interpretation of the character in the film Mr. Holmes starring Ian McKellen.

Ian McKellen portrays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the film Mr. Holmes. (Credit: Roadside Attractions)

Ian McKellen portrays an elderly Sherlock Holmes in the film Mr. Holmes. (Credit: Roadside Attractions)

In this film we find the great detective much older and frailer than he has ever been depicted on film. The story was adapted from Mitch Cullen’s 2005 novel A Slight Trick of the Mind. If you’re writing a research paper on literary characters or famous detectives, be sure to go and see Mr. Holmes. Read more