Film Analysis Paper Introductory Sociology

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Film Analysis Paper Introductory Sociology
Instructions: Write a 3-4 page typed written essay (not counting the cover page and references page) using 12 point font, double-spaced with one inch margins on all four sides of the paper. You will analyze the film while weaving six sociological concepts from the attached list into your paper and, in addition, one of the three theoretical perspectives in sociology. Bold each of the six concepts and the theoretical perspective.
Cover page

Include a cover page with your name, date, course and paper title.


Provide a summary of the film you are analyzing that includes an overview of the plot and briefly describe the main characters. In addition, explain the purpose of your essay and why this film lends itself to sociological analysis. Briefly mention the sociological themes that will be discussed later in the paper.

Concept Application

Weave 6 concepts from the list below into your essay. The essay should flow with appropriate transitions between paragraphs. In your analysis you must first define the term and properly cite your textbook with an APA in-text citation. After defining the term, you must clearly apply the term to the film. To accomplish this task you must use specific details from the film. You might describe themes in the film, specific scenes and/or include quotes from different characters in the film.

Theoretical Application

After defining and applying all key terms, you must then choose one of the three major theoretical perspectives (functionalist, conflict theory, symbolic interaction) that best applies to the film. Clearly define the perspective with a proper APA in-text citation. Then explain in detail how the perspective applies to the film, once again using specific details to back up your arguments.


Lastly, explain in detail what you learned from this assignment.


Your paper must include your references on a separate page in proper APA format.

Please refer to the attached guidelines for proper APA in-text citations.

NOTE: Your instructor may allow you to choose from all course concepts or you may be limited to using terms from a particular chapter(s). Your textbook is the only source needed to complete this assignment.

Sociological Concepts


nonmaterial culture

(values and norms)

material culture

cultural diversity


cultural relativism

sanction (positive or negative)


cultural diffusion

culture wars

cultural lag

ideal vs. real culture

value contradictions


gender roles

gender socialization

looking glass self

social inequality

manifest and latent functions


anticipatory socialization

total institution

degradation ceremony

status inconsistency

transitional adulthood

social class
Social Structure

ascribed and achieved statuses

social institutions

mechanical solidarity

organic solidarity



impression management

face-saving behavior

Thomas theorem

social construction of reality

role expectation/role performance (count as one)

role conflict

role strain

Sex and Gender



sex typing of work


glass ceiling

gender roles

gender socialization

Race and Ethnicity


racial/ethnic socialization



institutional discrimination

individual discrimination


ethnic work


social learning






social control


control theory

labeling theory

strain theory

techniques of neutralization

Social Stratification



social class


false consciousness

social mobility
Marriage and Family




power in families:




empty nest

APA style guidelines

The APA style of parenthetical citation includes the author’s last name and the year of publication. A page number is included only when you are quoting the exact words from a source.
Direct Quotations

A page number is always included when material is copied word for word from a source.

Paraphrased Material

A page number is not necessary when material is paraphrased (i. e., stated in your own words instead of copied word for word).

There are two ways to cite another’s work. One way puts the author’s last name and the year of publication in parentheses at the end of the sentence. The second way is to include the author’s name as part of your sentence and put just the year of publication in parentheses. Either way is correct.
Work with One Author

a.) Dust plays a larger role in our lives than we realize (Holmes, 2001).

Paraphrase example

Author is mentioned here and so does not have to be repeated within parentheses.

Direct quotation example

b.) Holmes (2001) points out that, “between 1 and 3 billion tons of desert dust fly up into the sky annually” (p. 5).

Note: If you cite the same author again in the same paragraph you don’t need to include the year as long as it can’t be confused with another work. (Ex. The role of dust in asthma is being reevaluated (Holmes, 2001). Holmes also mentions…)
The citation below shows you how to cite a book with one author on your reference page.
Kaku, M. (1994). Hyperspace: A scientific odyssey through parallel universes,
time warps, and the tenth dimension. New York: Oxford University Press.

Name _________________________________________ Date ____________________

______ 1. Provide a summary of the film that includes an overview of the plot and

briefly describes the characters. (10)

_______2. Explain the purpose of the paper (to analyze the film using sociological concepts) and

explain why the film lends itself to sociological analysis. (5)

­­_____ Total Points (15)
Concept Application

Each term must be defined (2 points) with a properly APA in-text citation (2 points) and clearly applied to specific themes and/or scenes in the film. (6 points).

_____ Key term #1 (10) _____ Key term #3 (10) _____ Key term #5 (10)
_____ Key term #2 (10) _____ Key term #4 (10) _____ Key term # 6 (10)

_____ Total Points (60)

Theoretical Application

_____ 1a. Define one of the three major theoretical perspectives with a proper APA in- text citation. (5)
_____ 1b. Given what you wrote in 1a, explain/analyze in detail how the perspective applies to the film. At least two examples from the film should be included. (10)

_____ Total Points (15)


_____ 1. Discuss your personal reaction to the film and what you learned from this

assignment. (5)


______ 1. References at top of a separate page, centered, correct spelling, etc. (2)

______ 2. Textbook properly cited in APA format (3)

______ Total Points (10)

Total Paper Points _______________ (100) Letter Grade __________

* Once your paper is graded for content, up to 10 points may be deducted for problems in the overall presentation. The following list includes some (but not all) of the areas that will be considered when assessing overall presentation: proper spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, appropriate transitions between sections, paragraph structure, and proper format including clearly labeled sections, bold concept/theoretical perspective and a cover page.

Suggested Films of Sociological Relevance

* indicates the film is not a documentary


The Devil’s Playground

American History X

12 Angry Men *

The Up Series
Groups and Organizations

The Bloods and Crips: Made in America


The Bloods and Crips: Made in America

The Devil’s Playground

The Corner

Race and Ethnicity

American History X *

Rabbit Proof Fence *

Race: The Power of an Illusion


Hotel Rwanda*

Sex and Gender

Killing Us Softly 4

Real Women Have Curves *
Marriage and Family

Namesake *

Mass Media

The Big One

Social Stratification/Class Inequality

The Corporation

Born Into Brothels

Capitalism: A Love Story

Children Underground
Work and the Economy

Food Inc.

Fight Club *

Roger and Me


The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib

Worse of War
Health and Medicine


Super Size Me
Social Movements

I Am An Animal


Iron Jawed Angels

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