The movie ‘The Hunger Games’ must be watched and then reported on under a sociological lens, specifically, Karl Marx’s Conflict Theory.
5 other sociological concepts must be tied into the paper.
Beh. Sci. 360: Introduction to Sociology
Film Analysis Guidelines
You will watch a film connected to social inequalities and construct a written analysis as an important and innovative way to apply the key concepts and theories from our readings and discussions to novel situations. This analysis is also another opportunity to demonstrate your understanding of and ability to generalize and apply the course material to a cultural artifact that reflects real social phenomena.
Here is the technique to complete a thorough film analysis. I recommend you follow a similar method to generate a solid film analysis.
First, take some time to review the highlights or main points of the lesson readings/discussions leading up to film analysis submission deadline. Cue your mind to these crucial concepts, and have your readings and notes on hand to reference (if necessary) during the film.
Second, you should take detailed notes during the movie; the expected level of detail is usually about 3-4 pages of hand-written notes per movie! This is akin to performing a mini-ethnography of the movie while you watch it. You are a sociologist who is observing social phenomena, and recording key insights and data that may prove important in your final analysis of the film.
Third, after viewing the film, review your notes and highlight the most relevant ideas that pertain to the concepts and theories in the course.
Take time to consider how the film or a particular scene in the film exemplifies each concept and theory. You are the social scientist; it is incumbent on you to be clear and explicit in documenting the application of each observed concept/theory to the film.
It is not enough to merely claim a concept or theory is evident/applies to the film. You have to explain why this is the case so that someone unfamiliar with the concept or theory would be able to understand it and clearly see how your example from the film epitomizes it.
Be careful to focus on analysis. Do not summarize the film for me, I have seen it numerous times. Get right to the task at hand – analyzing the film through application of course content.
The film analysis will be 3-5 pages (double-spaced) that applies and synthesizes one theoretical perspective and five (5) additional concepts (beyond those used in your theoretical analysis) to the film. The analysis should focus on applying the material discussed in the course up to and including lesson 24 but should primarily focus on the information covered in lessons 14 through 24. Note the three main sociological perspectives (i.e. structural functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism) for this course were introduced at the beginning of the course. These sociological perspectives will remain relatively consistent throughout the semester – though in some later lessons additional theories will be introduced.
Your final written analysis should reflect a “priority of relevance”. In other words, numerous theories and concepts may be applied. Your task is to determine which theories and concepts can be applied to greatest effect to demonstrate depth and breadth of your understanding of the course content. As such, you will take notes and consider more concepts and theories than you ultimately submit in your final draft.
Carefully proofread your work for grammar, spelling, mechanics, and logic/strength of your argument, and revise accordingly prior to submitting your work.
Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Report
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: APA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English