Social Science Video Contest

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Key Dates and Deadlines
October 30, 2023
Video submission deadline
October 30, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. ET
* Winners must be available to attend the Social Science Hour Event on November 10, 2023 *

The Fall 2023 Contest

The Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence

In a thought-provoking video, delve into the social implications of the rapid evolution of artificial intelligence (AI). Explore how these technologies shape our society, institutions, and interactions through the lens of one or more social science disciplines, such as Economics, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, and Education. Examine the opportunities, challenges, and ethical considerations that arise as AI becomes integral to our daily lives.

  • Videos should be 3-6 minutes in length, presenting a coherent and engaging narrative. 
  • Use a combination of visuals, interviews, animations, and other creative elements to enhance the effectiveness of your message. 
  • Draw upon social science theories, studies, and research to support your arguments and analysis. 
  • Incorporate real-life examples and case studies to illustrate the social implications of AI. 
  • Propose recommendations for policymakers, institutions, and individuals to ensure a socially responsible integration of AI technologies.

Submissions will be evaluated based on creativity, clarity, originality, and the ability to provide a comprehensive understanding of the social implications of AI. By addressing the social science dimensions, your video will inspire critical thinking and foster informed discussions on the transformative nature of AI in our society. 

Good luck, and let your video shed light on the social complexities of the AI Revolution!

In your video, you might address one of the following possible topics:

  • Societal Transformations
    Explore how AI technologies are transforming our social structures, institutions, and systems. Analyze their impact on areas such as healthcare, education, governance, and economics. Discuss the potential for positive change, as well as the challenges in adapting to and navigating these transformations.
  • Socioeconomic Implications
    Explore the socio-economic impact of AI on employment, skills, and the workforce. Discuss both the opportunities for job creation and the potential displacement of certain roles. Consider the ethical implications surrounding job automation and the importance of fostering a sustainable transition.
  • Addressing Inequality
    Investigate how AI can either exacerbate or mitigate existing social, economic, and gender inequalities. Explore initiatives and approaches that can harness the power of AI for social good and ensure inclusivity and fairness in its application.
  • Social Dynamics and Relationships
    Investigate how AI influence human interactions, social networks, and interpersonal relationships. Examine the role of AI in shaping communication patterns, social media algorithms, and online communities. Consider the effects on privacy, individuality, and the formation of collective identities.
  • AI and Democratic Processes
    Investigate the implications of AI on democratic processes and citizen engagement. Explore the use of AI in elections, political campaigns, and information dissemination. Discuss the potential risks, such as misinformation, algorithmic manipulation, and threats to the integrity of democratic systems. Consider approaches to ensure transparency, accountability, and informed public discourse in the age of AI.
  • Psychological and Societal Well-being
    Investigate the psychological and societal implications of AI integration. Analyze the effects of AI on mental health, human agency, and personal fulfillment. Discuss strategies for ensuring AI technologies promote well-being and mitigate potential negative impacts.
  • Promoting Academic Integrity
    Examine strategies to promote academic integrity and discourage cheating through the use of machine learning. Explore approaches such as fostering a culture of integrity, educating students on ethical behavior, and implementing deterrent measures that leverage machine learning technologies.

Enter Contest

Review contest details including requirements for submissions, judging criteria, and the evaluation process in the Canvas course.

Please note: You will need your Canvas password to access the Canvas course.

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)
In addition to being listed in Seminole State's Social Sciences
Hall of Fame, winners will receive:

  • 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

Social Science Hour Event

Join us at our Fall Social Science Hour as we discover this semester's topic,  The Promises and Perils of Artificial Intelligence. Come listen and participate in discussions as we explore answers from a social science perspective. 

Current video contest winners must be able to attend the event.

Hall of Fame Winners

View all the contest winners in Social Science's "Hall of Fame" and see past video contest prompts for the semi-annual contest.



Rebecca K. Padilla
Professor, Sociology