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You will pick a film that dramatizes conflict and communication issues. You will prepare an analysis (5-6 page report) that labels the dynamics depicted in the presentation using terminology and concepts from the course.
View the film/program taking notes on the conflict and dynamics that you recognize from the course. You may want to view the film/program more than once to make sure that you are labeling ideas correctly. Then, construct a paper that conveys to the reader an understanding of what was represented in the film/program concerning conflict and communication dynamics. You should not spend a lot of time describing plots and characters, but rather get to the issues that are representative of the course concepts.
It is probably best to focus on three or four major topics that are best illustrated in the film. For example, you might choose to focus on conflict styles, verbal aggressiveness, and communication climate. Discuss how the film/program illustrates what you have learned about these dynamics. You should be citing the relevant authors and using the relevant terms and theories as you discuss the film/program. Imagine that you were trying to use this film/program to teach students about the course concepts. Use the paper to explain how the film illustrates the theories/course ideas in action.
The more insightful your observations, the more you will be rewarded with points. That is, surface observations (e.g., “every group member went along with the leader”) will not be rewarded as much as will more in depth and subtle observations (e.g., “the group demonstrated at least four characteristics of ethnocentrism, including … “). In addition to labeling things correctly, you should further describe what is known (e.g., we know that the halo effect can lead to an individual or group making subjective rather than objective judgments …).
The paper should be 5-6 content pages in length (12 pt. font, 1 inch margins) and be spell-checked, proof- read, and grammatically correct. A cover sheet should be included and a reference page should be attached; your paper MUST include at least six academic references (journal articles from library or book chapters). Website references, e.g. wikipedia.com, and popular books/magazines, e.g. Women are from Venus, Men are from Mars, do not count toward your six academic sources.