Social Science Video Contest

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Key Dates and Deadlines
March 18, 2022
Video submission deadline
March 18, 2022 by 11:59 p.m. ET
*Winners must be available to attend the Social Science Hour*
April 8, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

The Social Sciences Department offers a video contest every fall and spring 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.

Spring 2022 Contest

The video contest this spring is in honor of Earth Day 2022.  The main purpose of this semester's contest is to examine how Social Science can contribute to our understanding of some of the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century.

Spring 2022 Contest Winners

Contest Prompt

Honoring Earth Day 2022

Choose an area of environmental concern and create a video that shows how environmental problems are part of larger social systems where human decisions and activities harm the environment.  Humans created these problems and have the power to resolve them.  This social science concentration focuses on the economic, political, psychological, and sociological impact of humans on the environment.  You may choose to examine the issue through one of these subjects or a combination of them.  The main purpose is to examine the topic through a social science lens to enhance understanding and propose real solutions.

Social Science Hour

Social Science Perspectives on the Environment

Environmental problems often manifest themselves in the natural environment, but the underlying causes arise from combinations of technological, economic, social, cultural, behavioral, and political change.  These are problems that involve people.  The social sciences help us to see these problems as social problems embedded in social systems.  The social sciences are therefore fundamental both to ensuring a comprehensive understanding of environmental issues and developing more sustainable development pathways in the future.  Come explore how Social Sciences' roles address our environmental issues by registering for our spring Social Science Hour, scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2022, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Contest Submissions 

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 March 18, 2022 to be considered for competition prizes.

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

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, March 18, 2022.
  • The contest is open to current Spring 2022 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

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.

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

Hall of Fame Winners

Spring 2022

Fall 2021

  • 1st place - Jessica Hurliman - Video
  • 2nd place - Hayden Turner - Video
  • 3rd place - Nataley Corn - Video

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
  • Ethan Adkins - Video
  • Jessy Attia - Video

Past Video Contest Topics

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.

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.

  • 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.

Spring 2021 Video Contest Prompt

What does it mean to be antiracist?

Provide some examples of what you might do to promote antiracism at the individual, institutional, and/or systemic level today or in the future.  Be sure to incorporate a minimum of one scholarly source to support/demonstrate your understanding of this topic.  Be sure to review the grading rubric carefully to understand the judging criteria for this contest.

Fall 2020 Video Contest Prompt

Candid Conversations:  Bridging the Racial and Ethnic Divide

In this era of racial and ethnic divide, how do we bridge the gap?  It may seem overwhelming or even impossible to bridge what divides us.  Today, narratives like "us" vs "them" are commonplace, but this serves only to perpetuate notions of racial otherness.  Create a video with a friend or acquaintance showing a candid conversation around such issues.  Share different cultural perspectives and views on race and ethnicity.  The goal is to break down barriers and open us up to see one another in a different light and to develop deeper understandings of complex issues, build rich relationships, create a more inclusive culture, and inspire collective action and engagement.