The Social Sciences department is launching a video contest in honor of Earth Day 2022. All SSC students are invited to participate!
Video contest participants will examine how Environmental Social Science (ESS) can contribute to our understanding of some of the most pressing environmental concerns of the 21st century. The purpose of the contest is to promote and reward excellence in student research and inquiry into the social sciences: history, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and economics. 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.
The social sciences play a vital role in understanding environmental challenges. Environmental problems often manifest themselves in the natural environment, but their 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.
Spring 2022 Video Contest Prompt:
Environmental Concerns & Celebrating Earth Day
Due date: March 18, 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.