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PSY 138 Southwestern College Film On Social Psychology Discussion

PSY 138

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For this paper, you will watch a film and analyze it from the social psychological perspective.

First, pick a film you would like to analyze and watch it. After watching your film, you will need

to identify THREE specific concepts from class that are illustrated in this film. (Specific

concepts means something more than just “attitudes” or “prejudice”. For example, if you

wanted to discuss a concept associated with attitudes, you could discuss the disconnect

between attitudes and behaviors, the experience of cognitive dissonance, or sources of

attitudes.)

In your paper, you need to clearly explain your three concepts and how they can be seen in the

movie. You will need to provide a specific description of how the concept is conveyed. For

example, if it is part of the plot explain how. If it is part of the character development, behavior

in a scene, evident in dialogue or something else explain how the concept is illustrated. Lastly,

you will need to assess whether or not the film portrays social psychology accurately – here it is

helpful to think of some of the experiments we talked about in class. Do the experimental

findings support the depiction of your social psychological concepts in the film?

Almost any film will work for this assignment, but only some can be used.

  • Your film should be fiction, and therefore cannot be a documentary or one based on
  • true events.

  • Additionally, you MAY NOT use the following films for this assignment:
  • o 12 Angry Men, American History X, Fight Club, Shrek, The Breakfast Club or

    Mean Girls

  • If you disregard this direction, you will get a 0 on your final paper, no exceptions.
  • General details:

    Your paper should be roughly 4-5 typed pages, assuming regular font-size, margin and 1.5

    spacing. Please focus more on content than length - make sure that you include and explain all

    of the relevant mater

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    Social Psychology Paper Assignment – Social Psychology in Film For this paper, you will watch a film and analyze it from the social psychological perspective. First, pick a film you would like to analyze and watch it. After watching your film, you will need to identify THREE specific concepts from class that are illustrated in this film. (Specific concepts means something more than just “attitudes” or “prejudice”. For example, if you wanted to discuss a concept associated with attitudes, you could discuss the disconnect between attitudes and behaviors, the experience of cognitive dissonance, or sources of attitudes.) In your paper, you need to clearly explain your three concepts and how they can be seen in the movie. You will need to provide a specific description of how the concept is conveyed. For example, if it is part of the plot explain how. If it is part of the character development, behavior in a scene, evident in dialogue or something else explain how the concept is illustrated. Lastly, you will need to assess whether or not the film portrays social psychology accurately – here it is helpful to think of some of the experiments we talked about in class. Do the experimental findings support the depiction of your social psychological concepts in the film? Almost any film will work for this assignment, but only some can be used. • Your film should be fiction, and therefore cannot be a documentary or one based on true events. • Additionally, you MAY NOT use the following films for this assignment: o 12 Angry Men, American History X, Fight Club, Shrek, The Breakfast Club or Mean Girls • If you disregard this direction, you will get a 0 on your final paper, no exceptions. General details: Your paper should be roughly 4-5 typed pages, assuming regular font-size, margin and 1.5 spacing. Please focus more on content than length - make sure that you include and explain all of the relevant material. While the structure of your paper may vary slightly, you should plan on having the following paragraphs: • Introduction for paper • Brief overview of film (the key word here is brief – focus on a summary that includes only important aspects) • Identification and explanation of concept 1 • Evidence for concept 1 in film • Identification and explanation of concept 2 • Evidence for concept 2 in film • Identification and explanation of concept 3 • Explanation for concept 3 in film • Assessment of accuracy in film depiction of concepts • Concluding paragraph **Continued below. Copyright © 2020 R. Wanic. All rights reserved. Additional Paper Guidelines and Grading Rubric Below is a rubric indicating the point breakdown for your final paper. All papers should start with an introductory paragraph, followed by the main sections of the paper, and end with a concluding paragraph. You are being graded on content and clarity. Make sure to read and re-read your paper, keeping an eye on organization, coherence of ideas, and clarity in explanations. It is probably helpful to have someone else (such as a thoughtful friend, parent or the Writing Center) read through your paper at least once to provide you with feedback as well. Grading Rubric Element Points Details (what I will be basing the score on) Introduction 2.5 – – Provides an introduction to the paper Identifies the main elements that will be discussed Topic/Movie 2.5 – Provides a brief description of the main ideas/plot elements of the movie Summary is concise and clear – Connection to Social Psych 10 Critique/Analysis 5 – – – – – Clarity and Organization 5 – – – – For each element of social psychology Provides a brief, clear description of the concept Descriptions are presented in own words Provides a clear and accurate assessment of how this concept is illustrated in the film Provides an accurate and clear assessment of the accuracy in the concepts displayed in the film Adequate explanation provided for why conclusions are drawn Writing is clear and effective Paper has been proofread and contains minimal typos, punctuation errors, or grammatical issues Ideas are organized effectively No extraneous material is included Continued on next page. Copyright © 2020 R. Wanic. All rights reserved. Although not required, it might be helpful to organize your paper using subheading. For example: Title of Paper Begin with your introductory paragraph. Summary of Movie Provide a brief summary of the main ideas or plot elements from the movie. This section should not be longer than one paragraph – if it is, you are not effectively SUMMARIZING. Connection to Social Psychology Concept 1. Describe the first concept in one paragraph (using your own words). And in another paragraph, explain how it is illustrated in your movie. Concept 2. Describe the second concept (using your own words). And in another paragraph, explain how it is illustrated in your movie. Concept 3. Describe the third concept (using your own words). And in another paragraph, explain how it is illustrated in your movie. Critique/Analysis Provide an assessment of whether the social psych concepts are displayed accurately in the film. Make sure to explain why you came to the conclusion that you did. Conclusion End with a concluding paragraph that summarizes your main ideas throughout the paper. Additional details: • Papers should be roughly 5 pages, assuming regular font size and double-spacing. Please note that I am less concerned about length and more concerned about the quality and content. Papers will be graded based on whether or not the appropriate information is included as well as on the clarity of your communication. Please make sure that you re-read and proof-read your paper before submitting it. • If you make reference to the textbook, lecture, or other resource, please make sure to include intext citations along with a reference page in APA style. Please note that it is not necessary to reference external sources. • Plagiarism will NOT be tolerated. You need to write all ideas using your own words. Papers that contain plagiarized elements will be given a zero! • Papers are due by the end of the day (11:59pm) as indicated on the syllabus. Late papers will NOT be accepted for any reason. Copyright © 2020 R. Wanic. All rights reserved. ...
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    Running head: SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY IN FILM PAPER: THE OX-BOW INCIDENT

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    Social Psychology in Film Paper: The Ox-Bow Incident
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    1. A Brief Overview of the Film
    The film, which was released in 1943, is based on the novel The Ox-Bow Incident
    by Walter van Tilburg Clark. At the time of its release, the movie was viewed as a
    maturity in the Western movie culture due to its emphasis on the ills of mob justice. The
    film sets off with Art Croft and his friend Gil Carter riding into Bridge Wells, a small
    town in the plains of Nevada in 1885 (Paulina, 2017). The place is in chaos due to the
    numerous cases of cattle rustling. After their arrival, news spread about the murder of
    Larry Kinkaid, a local ranch owner, and the theft of his herd. The deputy who has been
    left in charge, as the Sheriff is out of town, summons the town men to assist in tracking
    down the suspects. The three men have no proof that they bought their herd legally. A
    lengthy debate within the posse ensues with a majority of the members claiming that the
    men are guilty and should face lynching at sunrise. After the execution, the group
    encounters the Sheriff on their way back to town, who informs them that the ranch owner
    had not been murdered but had only been wounded. The real culprits had also been
    arrested while the posse was out of town. The fact that they murdered innocent haunts the
    posse, as one of the members, Major Tetley, commits suicide.
    2. Social Psychology Concepts in the Film
    a) Conformity
    The concept refers to the process where a person changes their behaviors or views
    to coincide with those of others or with the social norms. The film demonstrates the
    power of group membership and its implications. More often than not, group thinking

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    is based on false ideas as every member is willing to agree with the majority’s
    propositions. People tend to be overconfident and perceive things to be right
    regardless of their beliefs if they are in a group.
    The theme of conformity is one of the most evident throughout the film as all the
    characters fall victim to the compliance at some point. After the news of Kinkaid’s
    death spread to the town, his friend Farnley vows to avenge his death. Bartlett, one of
    the town residents, delivers an emotional speech urging the people to join hands in
    upholding justice. Bartlett continuously uses "we" throughout his speech, thus
    rallying more people into joining the group.
    The pressure of conformity is evident in Gil as he is one of the few members of
    the posse with the ability to influence the group only if he took the necessary actions.
    Although he is one of the most thoughtful characters, the group's pressure is evident
    in his decision not to do anything (Plach, 2011). Together with Art, they join the
    posse to clear his name, since being a stranger in a town fighting cattle rustling,
    makes him appear as a culprit. His conformity to the group is his first mistake as it
    becomes harder for him to back out one the mob has gained momentum.
    b) Deindividuation
    The phenomenon refers to the loss of self-awareness in a person and the
    embracing of group mentality arising from conformity. A person tends to lose their
    identity and responsibility when they are in groups. Davies issues a warning to the
    crowd, telling them that the permission to proceed with specific actions reduces a
    person's responsibilities. Davies also states that it is easy for p...

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