Your project must fall into one of the categories below.
Be sure to clearly state your research topic and category in your submission materials.
Please note that subtopic include, but are not limited to, those listed here.
Example topics from previous INSPIRE contestants are available on the Winners page.
Your submission MUST belong in one of the following categories:
Subtopics (including but not limited to)
Example Research Projects
Comparative study of human cultures; how customary ideas, actions, and institutions shape individual and collective experience
Cultural, physical, linguistic, and medical anthropology; archaeology
Comparative Media Studies
The study of how media technologies and their uses can enrich the lives of individuals locally, nationally, and globally
Mass media, cultural studies, digital media, film theory, games
Art and Architecture
The study of works of art and architecture and critical engagement with their social, political, and material contexts
|Museum and exhibition studies, art and gender, aesthetic philosophy, modes of creative production, new technologies in art and architecture, monuments, man-made landscapes, patronage and audience, production of space, design across scales|
Focused on the political dynamics of culture and its historical foundations, conflicts, defining traits, aesthetics, and practices.
Can focus on a particular medium or message: ideology, social class, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, popular culture, etc.
The study of the behavior of individuals, groups, and organizations when they use scarce resources to achieve desired ends
Microeconomics, macroeconomics, game theory, international economics, labor, laws and policies, natural resources; behavioral, environmental, and cultural aspects of economics
The study of the past and how it relates to humans; specifically, the analysis of a sequence of past events, and the determination of their causes and effects
Military, cultural, economic, environmental, gender, and public history
The study of the rules underlying the structure of language, and what they reveal about the general principles that determine the development of language in the individual and species
Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, psycholinguistics, speech science and technology
The study of written work
Fiction, non-fiction, novel, short story, genres: romance, mystery, etc.
The study of general and fundamental problems, using a critical, systematic approach and rational argument
Epistemology, logic, metaphysics, ethics and political philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind
The study of national, state, and local government, politics, and policies.
Political theory, comparative politics, public administration, international relations, public law, political methodology
Understanding how music functions, has changed over time, and affects and is affected by the cultures in which it is made
Music history, music in culture (ethnomusicology), music theory and analysis, perception/cognition of music, music technology
Science, Technology and Society
The study of how science and technology affect and express human values, politics, and culture
Bioethics; science and politics; history of science and technology; science, innovation, and regulation; science, technology and identity; technology and privacy
Women’s and Gender Studies
The study of women, gender, and sexuality in intersection with race, ethnicity, religion, and class
Women and development, gender and technology, gender and media, psychology of sex and gender, gender equity, social policy, reproductive rights and technology, gender and sexual identity
The Top 10 Best Econometric Term Paper Ideas For University
- Whichever topic you decide on make sure that you relate your work to your course, the methodology and the models.
- Try to pick out an original topic or idea.
- If you can’t find an original topic then pick out a topic that has already been used but put a different slant on it.
- Use ideas for your work that is topical. Keep up to date with current news trends.
- How has the reduction in the price of oil affected inflation in many European countries? Has it had the same effect on pricing in the US? (What models or laws can explain this?)
- Many countries send economic aid to developing countries. The need for this monetary support seems to be never-ending, as the developing countries seem to continually need this aid and are no nearer to gaining financial independence. What data can you find to support this?
- When it comes to outsourcing, are firms that outsource more successful than firms that do not out source? Extend the topic to look at other countries and the impact that outsourcing has on the country’s economic status.
- What is the link between a country’s economic state and the performance of the stock market? How does this link to particular firms? Is there a link to particular products? Is it possible to take a particular firm and plot its progress over time related to stock market performance?
- How does the economy and the stock market link? Focus on two countries such as Greece and Germany and make comparisons. How would this relate to individual firms and their performance over a period of time?
- How does government monetary policy affect private companies? Link this to models and theories covered in your course and also support this with data and comparisons with policies in other countries.
- What are the main factors that have an effect on whether a new product is going to be successful? You need to support any answer by directly applying theories that you have covered in your course as well as socio-economic principles.
- Do people who have a lot of money experience more happiness than people who have ‘just enough’ money for their needs. Discuss principles and theories that have an effect on happiness. Relate to sociological ideas that support what makes us happy.
- What is the link between the market price and its quality? This relates to the issue that just because a produce costs a lot does not mean that it is better quality than an identical product that is less expensive. Look at comparisons at a supermarket between brand names and economy brands. Sometimes the cheaper brands may be a more healthy choice.
- As a manufacturer what would encourage you to produce a new line or new product? Relate to sociological concepts and theories and the laws or supply and demand.