Film studies extended essay examples

Film studies extended essay examples

Example essays

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Programme Resource Centre (PRC) , a key resource for educators at IB World Schools, includes several examples of extended essay titles.

These highlight the diverse range of topics covered by International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students during their extended essays.

Some examples are:

  • “An analysis of costume as a source for understanding the inner life of the character”
  • “A study of malnourished children in Indonesia and the extent of their recovery after a period of supervised improved nutrition.”
  • “Doing versus being: language and reality in the Mimamsa school of Indian philosophy.”
  • “The effects of sugar-free chewing gum on the pH of saliva in the mouth after a meal.”
  • “To what extent has the fall in the exchange rate of the US dollar affected the tourist industry in Carmel, California?”
  • “What level of data compression in music files is acceptable to the human ear?”

Also available in the PRC, the Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme has guidance on choosing a subject for the extended essay.

The PRC is only available to existing IB World Schools.

You can also purchase examples of essays in the IB Store. These essays fulfil the requirements for an ‘A’ grade in the extended essay.

If your school is not one already, learn how to become an IB World School in order to implement the DP.


Each year, the IB gathers educational leaders, decision makers and practitioners from schools, universities and governments, as well as students, to discuss and develop ideas on international education.

Ask a question

Ask a question about any aspect of our organization, from becoming an IB World School to accessing professional development. This platform is for general questions as well as for registered users.

© International Baccalaureate Organization, 2005-2018

We use cookies on this site. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of these cookies. Read more about cookies

Extended essay

The extended essay is an independent, self-directed piece of research, finishing with a 4,000-word paper.

One component of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) core, the extended essay is mandatory for all students.

Read about the extended essay in greater detail.

You can also read about how the IB sets deadlines for the extended essay, find examples of extended essay titles from previous DP students and learn about the world studies extended essay.

Learn more about the extended essay in a DP workshop for teachers.

DP subject briefs

Our recognition resource and document library has subject briefs for the DP, looking at every subject at both standard and higher level.

The subject briefs cover core requirements, aims and assessment. To find them, open the ‘DP subject briefs’ panel in the resource and document library.

Extended Essay: Example Research Questions

EE Research Questions — Class of 2018

Subject: History
Question: How are the depictions of Marie Antoinette in politics and portraiture significant to the French revolution and the fall of the French Monarchy?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent was film able to further pro-Nazi sentiment in Germany during the early 1930s to mid 1940s?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent were the Vietnam War and cultural shifts occurring in the 1960s and early 1970s vital factors in the development of the student activism on college campuses in the United States and abroad?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent was Matthew Perry’s 1853 arrival in Edo Bay the leading motivator for Japan’s rapid modernization during the Meiji Restoration?

Subject: Music
Question: How does Rachmaninoff apply thematic development in his composition, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini?

Subject: History
Question: What made the Federal Theatre Project such a success when after only four years of operation it was disbanded by the House of un-American Activities Committee?

Subject: History
Question: To what extent were Kepler’s scientific discoveries revolutionary and how did they impact the development of science in Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries?

Subject: History
Question: In what ways did the Hitler Youth organization impact the youth of Nazi Germany?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Ecological Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Geography
Question: How have climate change and forestry practices contributed to the spread of the mountain pine beetle in the Pacific Northwest in recent decades, and what does the outbreak show us about the ecological intricacies of climate change?

EE Research Questions — Class of 2019 (proposed)

Subject: Theatre
Question: How did the casting of the leading lady in Cole Porter’s Anything Goes affect each production on Broadway?

Subject: Literature and Performance
Question: How do the final movies of the Harry Potter series compare to the final book? What has been changed or depicted differently in terms of characterization and storylines?

Subject: Biology
Question: How does the DNA sequence of a transthyretin (TTR) gene affect whether Familial Amyloidotic Polyneuropathy (FAP), Familial Amyloidotic Cardiomyopathy (FAC) or Senile Systemic Amyloidosis (SSA) form?

Subject: Visual Arts
Question: How do the Peanuts comics, written by Charles Schultz, show visual language?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Ecological Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Geography
Question: What are the impacts of melting ice in the North and South Poles on the coastlines of the continental United States?

Subject: Biology
Question: What evidence is there to support the theory of life on Mars?

Subject: History
Question: In what way did the Catholic Church affect politics in the Kingdom of Spain during the Dark Ages?

Subject: World Studies
Theme: Economic Sustainability
IB Subjects: Biology and Economics
Question: To what extent has deforestation influenced Indonesia’s economic and environmental growth?

Subject: History
Question: How did the works of classical Greek philosophers influence the domestic policy of Thomas Jefferson?

Subject: History
Question: How did the Bushido Code influence the meaning of tattoos in Asian culture?

Subject: Studies in Language and Literature, Category 1
Question: How did Eugene Gladstone O’Neill express the themes of family relationship and sadness in his work Long Day’s Journey Into Night?

Subject: Studies in Language and Literature, Category 2
Question: How does the writing of Japanese horror artist and novelist Junji Ito contrast with the writing of American horror novelist Stephen King?

Subject: History
Question: What impact does public healthcare have on low income households in the United States compared to those in Canada?

Subject: Sports, Exercise and Health Science
Question: How does age affect the process of instant muscle reaction?

Subject: Design Technology
Question: What are the most ethical and efficient methods—through current technologies—private organizations can use to make Mars habitable for Human life?