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Social Studies

Elements of the Contest

The Social Studies Contest consists of 45 objective questions and an essay. Students are expected to master primary reading selections, as well as specific documents, and to be familiar with general-knowledge social studies concepts and terms. Each year, the contest focuses on a different topic area and a reading list that is provided by UIL.

Social Studies Overview Video

Additional Information

2021-2022 UIL Social Studies High School Topic: The Modern Olympic Movement and the Politics of Sport

Primary Reading Selection: Rome 1960: The Olympics that Changed the World by David Maraniss
(paperback edition subtitle: The Summer Olympics that Stirred the World) Simon & Schuster

The Reading List and Supplemental Resource list has been updated for 2021-2022 and can be found on the right-hand side of this webpage under Social Studies Topic for you to download.

For A+ Social Studies information, please click here.

State Contest Director

Andrew Bates



Social Studies Topic

Integrating Social Studies into Classroom Instruction