Observation Techniques: Film Analysis
Social psychology is based on understanding the dynamics of the world around you, as well as how individuals interact with each other. One of the ways to understand the concepts of social psychology is to observe it in real-world and scripted situations. Analysis of the situation enhances your observational skills.
In real life, it is difficult to observe conflict, aggression, discrimination, or prejudice in the context of the course time-frame. However, there is a wide array of movies or television episodes depicting social interactions, such as self-esteem and self-efficacy, conformity and obedience, altruism, conflict, aggression, and group behavior. Analyzing movie scenes or television episodes will allow you to observe various types of behaviors through the roles played by actors.
The best way to select relevant movies and television episodes is to utilize the abundance of video and movie sources available on the Internet. Some of the major networks such as CBS, NBC, ABC and FOX have online access to full episodes of their television programs. Other sources for viewing include TV Land and TNT. The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), Classic Cinema Online, and HULU.com are some of the sources providing information on movies, reviews, and access to online full-length movies and television programs. While selecting the programs, the only is that the movie should be suitable for viewing by all ages.
The best way to understand the topics of the movie or television episode is to watch it in its entirety.
Every individual has a particular taste and perspective. Therefore, this assignment will help you to reflect on your perspective on the topic.
This week, you need to analyze a three- to five-minute section of a movie or a television episode depicting self-esteem and self-efficacy.
After watching the movie clip, create a report on your analysis. In your report:
- Mention the name of the movie.
- Describe the setting and overall storyline of the movie.
- Describe the main characters in the observed movie section.
- Describe the situation that you analyzed and interpret the action of the characters depicting self-esteem and self-efficacy.
- Draw conclusions based on social psychological concepts and theories.