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Journalism and the Fourth Estate for your next research paper

In a course on mass communication you’re likely to cover topics such as broadcast journalism, news media and investigative journalism. Journalism is also known as the fourth branch of government, or the Fourth Estate, because it plays such an important role in our democracy. In order for the public to make decisions when voting, they must be well informed on the issues.

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

Learn more about the history of journalism. (Credit: Wannabe Reporter)

The news media wields great power in its ability to shape public opinion. For this and many other reasons, the history of journalism would make for an interesting research paper topic. 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

Sex and gender: What is transgender? For your next research paper

In recent weeks there has been much speculation that Olympic star and Kardashian clan member Bruce Jenner has been undergoing a gender change. Bruce Jenner’s before and after pictures reveal that he is now sporting long hair and nails and a fuller bosom. Jenner is fortunate in that he has received the support of his family.

Learn more about Bruce Jenner's transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

Learn more about Bruce Jenner’s transgender transformation. (Credit: Pinterest)

His story highlights the questions of what is transgender, sex and gender and gender stereotypes. Framed as they are in the context of a public figure’s personal struggles, these timely issues would be good research paper topics. Read more

Liquid metal properties and applications for research paper topics

With shades of the T-1000 transforming robot in Terminator 2 who could change shape and morph into whatever weapon he needed, scientists in China have announced the discovery of a liquid metal alloy that has shape shifting and self-propulsion properties.

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

Liquid metal can self-propel through a tube. (Credit: Advanced Materials/Tsinghua University)

This discovery offers good research paper topics for your mechanical engineering or biotechnology class. Read more

Mental health research paper: Gain a sense of belonging

Everyone wants to feel like they belong to a group or community, but sometimes college students may feel like an outsider—a stranger in a strange land. First-generation college students and diverse students may feel especially isolated. Psychology studies have shown that for good student health, connection to others improves motivation, mental health and happiness.

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

Find out more about a sense of belonging. (Credit: chamasoft.com)

For interesting research paper topics for your psychology or mental health class, consider exploring mental health news to uncover ways to develop a sense of belonging. 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

International Women’s Day term paper topics

March 8 was International Women’s Day, which hosted organizations around the world that recognized the economic, political and social achievements of women, providing good research paper topics.

There are many good topics to discuss on International Women's Day. (Credit: Women and Hollywood)

There are many good topics to discuss on International Women’s Day. (Credit: Women and Hollywood)

You can write about the history of International Women’s Day or International Women’s Month (also held in March), the ways various countries are celebrating and the controversies in the ways some countries and organizations are recognizing the day. Here are some term paper topics for college students. Read more