Social Science Video Contest

Key Dates and Deadlines
October 24, 2021
Video submission deadline
October 24, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. ET
Announcement of winners
TBD
Winners must be available to attend the Social Science Hour on Zoom

The Social Sciences Department hosts a video contest each semester . All Seminole State College students are invited to participate. The purpose of the contest is to promote and reward excellence in student research and inquiry into the social sciences: political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, geography, and economics; along with College Success, Education, Education Preparation Institute (EPI), and Early Childhood Education programs. The contest is designed to increase student interest in the social sciences and encourage a greater appreciation for this subject area and the important role the social science disciplines play in understanding both the individual and society.

Intellectual Property

Up to three winners will be posted on our "Hall of Fame Winners" on our Seminole State social science webpage and newsletter and may even be announced publicly on the Seminole State website. Videos may be used by the Social Sciences Department or the Seminole State College community for informational, educational and/or public relations purposes, as determined by the department.

Awards Per Student (Group Submissions Not Allowed)

  • First place
    $313.14 to cover tuition cost for one course ($104.38/credit)
  • Second place
    $150 to cover half the tuition cost for one course
  • Third place
    $50

Fall 2021 Video Contest 

When it comes to the COVID-19 pandemic, we often turn to medical, biological and epidemiological experts for answers. Yet this global health crisis has touched almost every corner of our social lives and world. Social science researchers have also been hard at work studying the enormous, varied impact of COVID-19. Global devastations of this magnitude are invaluable lenses through which to study individuals, communities and societies. It is during moments of crisis that we can learn the most about the social order.  For instance, what are the ravaging effects of the massive social class, racial/ethnic and gender inequalities that are emerging during this pandemic? We believe that the social sciences are providing valuable insights into the impacts of this pandemic.

Contest Prompt

Choose one COVID-19 topic that interests you and examine it through a social science lens. What role should the social sciences play in the COVID-19 pandemic? How has social science research helped you to better understand the impact(s) of COVID-19 on the individual, the community and society? Why is this research important to take into consideration during this global health crisis?

Examples of possible topics related to the social sciences have been included below.

Topics

  • The impact of COVID-19 on education (remote learning).
  • The role of religion during the pandemic.
  • Rise of domestic violence and/or child abuse during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • The impact of coronavirus economic stimulus packages on the economy.
  • The health costs of actions used to slow the spread of the virus (fear of COVID-19 and reduction in preventative care such as mammograms, colonoscopies, cancer care and heart conditions).
  • The impact of COVID-19 on women in the workforce.
  • How the virus impacts people differently based on socioeconomic status. (Adherence to coronavirus rules are very much based on socioeconomic status. For example, low-income workers feel pressured to work even when sick.)
  • The impact on mental health due to quarantine (anxiety, depression and suicide).
  • The effects of social isolation on children and/or the elderly.
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the incarcerated.
  • How race/ethnicity plays into this crisis. (For example, racial and ethnic disparities in death rates and/or anti-Asian discrimination due to the pandemic.)
  • Hesitancy regarding the vaccine. (Polls suggest a sizable proportion of the U.S. population doesn’t plan to receive the vaccine or is unsure about receiving it.)
  • The impact of economic lockdowns on small businesses.
  • The impact of the pandemic on politics in the U.S. (politics and health).
  • When government spending isn’t enough - researching charitable donations during the crisis.

Contest Details

Requirements for Submissions

  • To be eligible for submission, the video must be uploaded properly to YouTube and submitted to the Social Science Video Contest Canvas site.  You can also record the video directly in Canvas in the Social Science Video Contest Canvas site if you prefer not to use YouTube. 
  • All submissions must be received electronically by 11:59 p.m. ET, Sunday, October 24, 2021.
  • The contest is open to current Fall 2021 Seminole State students.
  • If videos include any individuals under the age of 18, parental consent is required on the Official Photo/Video Release form provided.
  • Videos submitted for the competition must focus on the video contest prompt within the scope of the social sciences, namely history, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and economics.
  • Submitted videos must be a minimum of 3 minutes in length but are not to exceed 5 minutes in length.
  • All participants in the video who can be visibly recognized must sign an Official Photo/Video Release, which is to be included as an attachment with the video submission.
  • All submissions must conform to regular academic standards, i.e., videos must reference (cite) any and all sources consulted using the Chicago Style, APA format for citations. Plagiarism of any kind will result in disqualification.
  • Each students is only allowed to submit only one video to the contest.
  • The video is to be the original work of the student submitting the video.
  • Videos that fail to conform to these criteria will not be considered in the competition.

Evaluation Process

Videos will be judged by a faculty committee consisting of not less than four faculty members from the Social Sciences Department at Seminole State College. All entrants will be notified once the committee has determined the winners of the contest. All judges’ decisions are final and are made in the sole and absolute discretion of the participating judges.

Judging Criteria

The scoring rubric can be viewed in the Judging Criteria section.

Judging Criteria

Judges will evaluate, score and rank submissions to determine winners. Video entries will be evaluated based on the overall impact of addressing the video prompt, visual appeal, effective communication and originality. 

Only videos between the 3-5 minutes requirement will be reviewed for the contest.   If the audio is not high enough quality, the video will not be scored.  

Please review the libguide before you get started.

Each judge on the judging panel will use a 100-point scale to evaluate the videos.  Judges may use the scale below, as well as a point on a range within those specified points.  The scaled will rank the extent to which the video can demonstrate the following:

Student conveys understanding of the prompt and provides adequate information to support the prompt. 

  • Exemplary - 20 points
    The student demonstrated clear understanding  of the prompt with examples that consistently supported the prompt.
  • Above Average - 17 points
    The student demonstrated clear understanding of the prompt, but only provided one solid example to support their viewpoint.
  • Satisfactory - 15 points
    The student demonstrated clear understanding of the prompt, but the example did not make sense or did not adequately support their viewpoint. 
  • Needs Improvement - 12 points
    The student demonstrated partial understanding of the prompt but provided no example to support their viewpoint.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    The video did not demonstrate clear understanding of the prompt.

Student needs to review the libguide for this video project.  While they can incorporate outside research, the scoring for this category will look for evidence of understanding in the research in the libguide.

  • Exemplary - 20 points
    The student cited relevant sources and correctly used appropriate terminology throughout the video.  From the video, the viewer can ascertain that the student has mastered significant pieces of literature on the topic and can talk about the concepts in a very fluid way.
  • Above Average - 17 points
    The student has cited at least one source and correctly used appropriate terminology throughout the video. From the video, the viewer can ascertain that the student has knowledge of at least one significant piece of literature on the topic.
  • Satisfactory - 15 points
    The student correctly discusses concepts but fails to use the appropriate terminology in their video.
  • Needs Improvement - 12 points
    The student had citations and / or used terminology, but they do not demonstrate currency of knowledge in the assigned literature.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    The student fails to address the literature in a scholarly way.

Student provides examples of resolving or addressing the issue in the prompt. 

  • Exemplary - 20 points
    The student fully provides examples of promoting and resolving the issue addressed in the prompt.
  • Above Average - 17 points
    The student provides examples of promoting and resolving the issue addressed in the prompt.
  • Satisfactory - 15 points
    The student partially provides examples of promoting and resolving the issue addressed in the prompt.
  • Needs Improvement - 12 points
    The student provides confusing examples of promoting and resolving the issue addressed in the prompt.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    The student did not provide a clear solution/action that they would take.

The student demonstrates learning/reflection/synthesis of the material without simply regurgitating other's ideas.

  • Exemplary - 20 points
    The student illustrates that they can synthesize literature and apply theory to practice in a way that generates evaluative and/or creative capabilities in their work.
  • Above Average - 17 points
    The student illustrates that they can syntesize literature and apply theory to practice in a way that generates application and/or analysis capabilities in their work.
  • Satisfactory - 15 points
    The student illustrates that they can synthesize literature and apply theory to practice in a way that generates understanding basic tenants of the literature in their work.
  • Needs Improvement - 12 points
    The student discusses components of the literature but does not integrate those components into their work.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    The student does not demonstrate knowledge of the topic.

Student's video flowed with a beginning, middle, and end. This category looks for a clearly defined goal/purpose/thesis statement and a well-executed plan.

  • Exemplary - 10 points
    The student clearly planned the video, demonstrated thoughtful and meaningful dialogue that was purposeful and demonstrated comprehension of the topic. The video did not feel over rehearsed and may have drawn in audience with dialogue, examples, and a hook.
  • Above Average - 8.25 points
    The video was planned out and the student entrant demonstrated thoughtful and meaningful dialogue that was purposeful. This video may at times feel a little over scripted but merits recognition for executing the plan.
  • Satisfactory - 7.5 points
    The video had a logical order from beginning to middle to end, but beyond conveying information, it did not do much to compel the viewer to keep watching.
  • Needs Improvement - 6.25 points
    The video dialogue flowed from a stream of consciousness (jumping from topic to topic based on opinion without evidence) which distracted the viewer from comprehending the video context.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    The video did not use the vocabulary of the literature. There appears to be truly little planning. Unlike the stream of consciousness style, this entry was haphazardly completed and/or failed to communicate a thoughtful answer to the prompt.

The use of visual aids includes but is not limited to graphs, images, GIFs, etc.

  • Exemplary - 5 points
    The student very clearly used visual aids that enhanced the video and helped the viewers better understand the steps one could take towards their narrative.
  • Above Average - 4.25 points
    The student's use of visual aids clearly enhanced the narrative/examples within the video.
  • Satisfactory - 3.75 points
    The student chose appropriate visual aids that somewhat clearly facilitated understanding of the overarching narrative.
  • Needs Improvement - 3.25 points
    The student did not utilize visual aids but still successfully communicated their message.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    Any visual aids that were used clearly distracted from the ability to answer the prompt.

Audio includes speakers, background noises, music, etc.

  • Exemplary - 5 points
    The audio was loud enough and had no undesirable background noise. Audio clips were used that enhanced the narrative and helped the viewer appreciate and comprehend the content.
  • Above Average - 4.25 points
    The audio was loud enough and had no undesirable background noise. If background music was utilized, it did not distract from the dialogue
  • Satisfactory - 3.75 points
    The audio was acceptable.
  • Unsatisfactory - 0 points
    There was background noise that distracted the viewer from fully comprehending the content.

Submission Procedure

Videos should be submitted in Canvas.  Join the Canvas course for the competition using the "Enter the competition" button below.  The YouTube link or Canvas video recording must be submitted in the "Video Submission" assignment in the course.  Contest submissions must be received in Canvas on or before 11:59 p.m. ET on October 24, 2021 to be considered for competition prizes.

In addition, the Official Photo/Video Release form must be completed and submitted in Canvas. 

Enter the Competition

Please note: you will need your Canvas login to submit your entry.

Hall of Fame Winners

Spring 2021

  • 1st place - Beverly Muzii - Video
  • 2nd place - Adrian Byars - Video
  • 3rd place - Alexandra Zwarycz - Video

Fall 2020

  • 1st place - Briana Sanchez- Video
  • 2nd place - Adeline Atkins - Video
  • 3rd place - Marc-Anthony Curet - Video
  • Honorable Mentions

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