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SOSC201 – Diversity in Society Movie Analysis Paper

Assignment Title: Movie Analysis Paper

Assignment Points: pts Assignment Weighting: 10% of Total Course Pts

Assignment Overview: The purpose of the assignment is to analyze the cultural diversity portrayed in a movie using concepts from the course.

Required elements:

Required length: 3 – 4 pages

Formatting requirements: Typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, a cover page, and APA style.

Assignment Directions: You must choose a movie from the following list. After you have watched your chosen film, answer the questions using concepts/terms from the text. You will need to briefly describe scenes in the movie, however, PLEASE DO NOT RE-TELL THE STORYLINE; just refer to the scene. Answer the questions to focus your analysis. For each question, give an example – briefly describe the scene and character. Choose one of the main characters if the movie has many main characters rather than analyze each lightly.

To get a better idea of what each movie is about, go to “The Trailer Addict” website: http://www.traileraddict.com/ and type the title of any of the movies you would like to see a preview for in the search box. Click the search button and it will bring up one or several preview clips for that movie. For this assignment, it is more useful to choose a movie that is unfamiliar to you. 

Movie Titles:

MILK

MARIA FULL OF GRACE

TRANSAMERICA

JESUS CAMP

BOYS DON’T CRY

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

AMERICAN VIOLET

PLEASANTVILLE

MISSISSIPPI BURING

REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES

AMERICAN HISTORY X

NATURALLY NATIVE

GENTELMEN’S AGREEMENT

BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN

THE HELP

12 YEARS A SLAVE

THE BUTLER

PHILADELPHIA

REMEMBER THE TITANS

GLORY

THE TUSKEGEE AIRMAN

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE

A TIME TO KILL

ON GOLDEN POND

AVATAR

GRAND TORINO

BELLE

MISS EVER’S BOYS

FAR AND AWAY

GANGS OF NEW YORK

A WALK IN THE CLOUDS

MY FAMILY

EL NORTE

MASK

A BEAUTIFUL MIND

SOSC201 – Diversity in Society Movie Analysis Paper

1. SYNOPSIS OF THE MOVIE

Story and Plot of the movie—briefly describe (1-2 short paragraphs)

Include the time frame of the story, the geographical location, the culture and the historical setting; the goal of this section is to introduce and to situate the story so that your reader can make sense of your analysis in the sections below.

2. RELATING THE MOVIE TO THE TEXT

In this section of your paper, please relate what you believe the movie tells us about diversity in America. To do this, address the following questions and use the information in Chapter 1 (and most specifically pp. 13-19) of the Koppelman text:

a) Was there a conflict between a certain minority group and a majority group; or, individual members of one group vs. another group? Identify the significant groups and explain how each used labels to positively or negatively define their own group and the other group or group member(s). Was there evidence of more formal negative labeling in the movie? For instance, did school or governmental policies project negative images and terms toward a group or member of a group? What impact did the process of labeling have on the characters? Give examples that show us how and why.

b) Did the approach to diversity exhibited in this movie most closely reflect an exceptionalist perspective or a universalistic perspective to the social problem(s) being discussed? Why do you think so? Did you notice characters exhibiting dogmatic beliefs?  Was there an attempt made to indoctrinate characters in some way? What effect did these tactics have on the character(s)? How did your movie relate to our Course's subject in general?

c) Using the information in Chapter 2 of the Koppelman text, answer the following questions: Did you see evidence of prejudice and/or discrimination in your characters? Identify the types of prejudice and discrimination you saw, (sexism, racism, ableism, etc).

d) As an example, provide a brief description of an exchange between characters that illustrates prejudice (you can paraphrase the conversation; it doesn’t need to be word for word, we just need to have the basic tone given). Does this exchange represent avoidance of a problem? Which of the three types of rationalization identified by Koppelman does/do the character(s) comments fit and why? Are these attitudes and behaviors reflective of society today or have they changed over time?

3. SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION

What overall impact did the movie have on you? In other words, what did you learn or how did it change/enhance your understanding? Be specific: did this movie change your perspective about a certain group in society? Did you discover your own hidden prejudices through watching it? How did these discoveries make you feel?

NOTE: there is no need for mention of particular actors or their performances.

SOSC201 – Diversity in Society Movie Analysis Rubric Movie Analysis Content and Development 85 Points Possible Points Possible Points Earned Comments Story and Plot of the movie—briefly describe (1-2 short paragraphs) Include the time frame of the story, the geographical location, the culture and the historical setting; the goal of this section is to introduce and to situate the story . 10 Was there a conflict between a certain minority group and a majority group; or, individual members of one group vs. another group? Identify the significant groups and explain how each used labels to positively or negatively define their own group and the other group or group member(s). Was there evidence of more formal negative labeling in the movie? For instance, did school or governmental policies project negative images and terms toward a group or member of a group? What impact did the process of labeling have on the characters? Give examples that show us how and why. 15 Did the approach to diversity exhibited in this movie most closely reflect an exceptionalist perspective or a universalistic perspective to the social problem(s) being discussed? Why do you think so? Did you notice characters exhibiting dogmatic beliefs or was there an attempt made to indoctrinate characters in some way? What effect did these tactics have on the character(s)? How did your movie relate to our Course's subject in general? 15 Using the information in Chapter 2 of the Koppelman text, answer the following questions: Did you see evidence of prejudice and/or discrimination in your characters? Identify the types of prejudice and discrimination you saw, (sexism, racism, ableism, etc). 15
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SOSC201 – Diversity in Society Movie Analysis Rubric As an example, provide a brief description of an exchange between characters that illustrates prejudice (you can paraphrase the conversation; it doesn’t need to be word for word, we just need to have the basic tone given). Does this exchange represent avoidance of a problem? Which of the three types of rationalization identified by Koppelman does/do the character(s) comments fit and why? Are these attitudes and behaviors reflective of society today or have they changed over time? 15 What overall impact did the movie have on you? In other words, what did you learn or how did it change/enhance your understanding? Be specific: did this movie change your perspective about a certain group in society? Did you discover your own hidden prejudices through watching it? How did these discoveries make you feel? 15 Mechanics 15 Points Possible Points Possible Points Earned Comments Rules of grammar and punctuation are followed/ spelling/word usage correct. 10 Formatting is correct / 3-4 pages minimum 5 Total Points 100
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