Media Review Paper
Throughout the semester, you have learned about several theories and practices of psychology across many different areas. This assignment will give you an opportunity to apply some of those major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings. In completing this assignment, you will hone your critical thinking skills, recognizing and applying psychological principles, and communicating your understanding of individual, community, and organizational life experiences to a general audience. There is a sample paper contained in the Contents of Week 2 that will help you understand what is expected. You may not do your paper on the same movie as the sample paper.
For this assignment, you will write a paper based on a film or book that you will explore through the application of psychological theory and research.
Select a film or book of interest. For example, you might select a movie or book in which the main character suffers from a psychological disorder or is merely trying to cope with the everyday stress of life. Be creative. For instance, choose “Snow White” and talk about the Evil Queen’s Narcissistic Personality Disorder or choose “Cat in The Hat” and talk about the Cat’s “Borderline Personality Disorder” or something like that (please do not use either of those suggestions specifically). Be creative and thoughtful.
Briefly describe the theme of the movie or book (no more than one page may be devoted to the plot!). Then identify the psychological concept that is going to make up the focal point of your paper. Remember this is a formal research paper about a psychological concept, not a movie paper.
Search the library database using relevant keywords for your topic for at least one peer-reviewed article to support your ideas. Psychology cuts across many disciplines so feel free to explore journals in other areas such as business, education, health, and criminal justice.
Tip: When conducting your search in the library include a theory or principle plus a topic (i.e. Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Adolescents). Use alternative key words to improve your chances of finding relevant articles and create a specific search statement to help narrow your results.” The example might be something like “(“Body Dysmorphic Disorder” OR BDD) AND (adolescen* OR teen*)”
You may use other sources than the UMUC library, but remember that websites will not count as primary sources. You will need to find additional sources that are primary sources.
Write a 1,200 to 1,500 word paper (about 5 double-spaced pages), not including title and reference page which should be written in APA style, and submit it to TurnItIn. Class ID 19698006 Enrollment Code PSYC100
Begin with a brief synopsis discussing the character or issues that arise in the book or film,
Remember to cite the movie or book as a source and list it in the reference page.
Next, formulate a thesis statement and craft an outline that will be the basis of your paper.
Once a draft has been written, you may want to contact the Effective Writing Center for feedback.
Be sure you have an introduction paragraph and conclusion at the end.
Go to the UMUC library or Purdue Owl APA Style for guidance on how to correctly format in APA style.
Submit a rough draft in the assignment folder in LEO – due date for rough draft is Tuesday, Feb 12th by midnight. Submit it to the Rough Draft Assignment Folder in LEO.
Submit final draft to TurnItIn and to the Assignment Folder in LEO – due date is Tuesday, Feb 26th by midnight. Remember the final draft has to be submitted to two places, TurnItIn and LEO assignment folder. Class ID 19698006 Enrollment Code PSYC100
Checklist of expectations:
In order to be successful on this paper, be sure that you address all of the following:
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