You will be writing a 6 page term paper analyzing a film from the list below. You will be analyzing the accuracy of how the

You will be writing a 6 page term paper analyzing a film from the list below. You will be analyzing the accuracy of how the movie presents a particular social problem. A movie is like a carnival mirror; they provide a reflection of society, but this reflection may be distorted in a variety of ways. Using sociological research you will discuss which aspects of the social problem the film reflects accurately and which aspects it distorts, as well as important aspects of the social problem that the film ignores. The following is a general guide on how the writing assignment should be approached. I. Choose one of the following movies. Keep in mind that you have to apply a sociological perspective to understand a specific social problem presented by the film. You should pick one that you enjoy, but also pick one that deals with a social problem that interests you. Following each movie is the issue (or issues) which I see as being most predominant, in terms of sociological relevance, to you decide on a movie. 15 Minutes- Violence in the Media The Accused- Rape The Adjustment Bureau – The Iron Cage of Rationality (difficult) Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore- Domestic Violence American Beauty- Alienation, the family American History X- Hate Groups, racism American Psycho- Materialism/ Consumerism Angela’s Ashes- Poverty Arlington Road- Terrorism Avatar – Global Inequality/ Environmental Degradation Bamboozled- Racism in the cultural media Ben is Back- Drug Addiction The Big Short – Finance Capitalism The Bird Cage- Homophobia Blow- Drugs Boy Erased – Conversion Therapy/ Homophobia Boys Don’t Cry- Homophobia against Lesbians (Actually, transgendered male) The Brave One – Crime Brazil- Bureaucracy Chicken Run- Work, Exploitation Children of Men – Immigration/ Ethnocentrism A Clockwork Orange- Subculture of Masculinity The Contender- Sexism in the Political System A Cool, Dry Place- Single-Parent Families Cradle Will Rock- Political Freedom Crash- Racism Crazy Heart – Alcoholism CSA: The Confederate States of America- Racism Dallas Buyer’s Club – HIV/AIDS Day Night Day Night – Terrorism Dead Man Walking- Capital Punishment District 9- Segregation Dogma- Racism, Classism, and Sexism in Organized Religion (difficult) ED Tv- culture, surveillance Elephant- School Violence Elysium- Class Stratification Erin Brokovich- Corporate Crime Fast Food Nation – Food Production Fight Club- Alienation, Materialism, Subculture of Masculinity The Fisher King- Homelessness Flawless- Homophobia against gays (Again, actually transgendered female) Freedom Writers- Education Fruitvale Station – Race/ Police Profiling and Harassment The Full Monty- Economy G.I. Jane- Sexism in the military Girl, Interrupted – Medical and Psychiatric Social Control/ Mental Illness Gone Baby Gone- Child Neglect Good Will Hunting- Higher Education, Classism The Hate U Give – Violence by Law Enforcement Henry Poole is Here – Alienation Hotel Rowanda- Ethnic Intolerance, Genocide The Insider- Corporate America Into the Wild – Homelessness Juno – Teenage Pregnancy The Kids are All Right – Nontraditional Family Forms Leave No Trace- Homelessness Little Children – Child Abuse Magnolia- Problems of the Family Matrix- Social Control, Surveillance (difficult) Michael Clayton- Corporate Crime Milk – Sexual Discrimination The Miseducation of Cameron Post – Conversion Therapy/ Homophobia The Namesake- Immigration Nightcrawler – Media Ethics/Sensationalism North Country- Sexual Harassment One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest- Medical Social Control Patch Adams- Medical Institution Philadelphia- AIDS, Homophobia Precious – Poverty Princess Mononoke- Environmental Issues Priscilla, Queen of the Desert- Homophobia A Private War- War The Rainmaker- Private Health Insurance Requiem for a Dream- Drug Abuse A Scanner Darkly – Drug Abuse Schindler’s List- Ethnic Intolerance, Genocide Selma – Racism The Shawshank Redemption- The Prison System The Siege- Terrorism Sleepers- Juveniles in the Criminal Justice System A Time to Kill- Race, Criminal Justice Traffic- drugs Up in the Air – Downsizing, Alienation V for Vendetta- Terrorism The Virgin Suicides- Suicide Wall Street- American capitalism We Need To Talk About Kevin- School Violence Whistleblower – Human Trafficking Winter’s Bone – Rural Poverty Wolf on Wall Street — American Capitalism World Trade Center — Terrorism Zootopia — Racism 2. Once you decide on which movie you wish to write about, let me know. I will keep a list of the movies on which you will sign your name beside your choice. Only two students may do each movie, so first come first serve. 3. You are responsible for writing a six (6) page paper in which you apply a sociological perspective in analyzing the content of the movie and the larger social problem which it touches on. Grades will be assigned on a percentage scale. This will be adjusted to a 300 point scale, for purposes of entry into the gradebook. Papers will be scored down for content deficiencies, format problems, and grammatical and spelling errors which are severe enough to make comprehension difficult. Late papers will not be accepted under any circumstances, and will be given a zero. High scoring papers will be those that provide of the cultural notions contained within the films, include from the films to support their arguments, and are . A) You should analyze each of the major social problems addressed in the movie (as listed above) from a sociological perspective. Your grade relies heavily on demonstrating your understanding of the sociological perspective. As said before, you should analyze how the movie portrays the problem as well as how it exists in society. B) You must discuss both specific detailed moments within the film and the broader issues being touched on. Your ability to articulate these points and move back and forth between these two levels will influence your grade. C) Sociology is a science and therefore based on empiricism. All sociological research has to be embedded within the existing sociological research. You must use sociological sources to aid in your analysis of the movies. Use your textbook as well, but it will not count as a required source. Sources must be of the following types: 1) an article from an academic peer-reviewed sociological journal. 2) an article using a sociological perspective from a specialized academic peer-reviewed journal (such as a medical journal, or business journal). 3) An academic book which deals with the topic in a sociological manner. If you are having difficulty finding an appropriate source, feel free to ask me for . A) The paper should be six pages long. It will be counted as a full six pages if you make it past the halfway point on the sixth page. That means the sixth page has to have at least twelve lines. There will be a 16.5% deduction for each page short. B) The paper should be typed and will not be accepted if hand written. C) You must include a separate title page providing all the usually information. Failure to include one results in an automatic 5% deduction. The space between the top of the first page and when the paper actually begins will be subtracted when determining paper length. D) Pages should be numbered. Failure to do so will result in an automatic 5% deduction for each. E) The paper should be double spaced throughout the paper. Do not have extra spacing in between paragraphs. F) The paper should be in 12 pt. type and Times New Roman font. G) The paper should have 1 inch margins on all sides, including top and bottom. Deviations from these format requirements will be taken in consideration in determining the paper’s length. For example, using a different font can turn a 4 page paper into a six page paper, and therefore would result in a 33% deduction. H) You should include in text citations and/or endnotes, and a bibliography. Sorry, the endnotes and bibliography do not count as part of your six pages. I) do not use a folder, binder, or plastic sleeves to hold your paper. Just staple the pages together. J) Anything beyond six pages will not be read, and the paper will be graded accordingly.

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