Cultural Research paper


Paper Requirements:

Length approximately 5-7 pages typed and double-spaced (not including title page and references).

Integrate a minimum of FIVE (5) COURSE CONCEPTS throughout your cultural research project. UNDERLINE each concept and define it before you integrate them into your discussion. You should underline each concept once; the first time you discuss it in your paper.
Incorporate THREE references from your library research. ONE OF YOUR SOURCES MUST BE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL, NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE, AND/OR BOOK. You will incorporate your library research to support your intercultural analysis of the cultural group in the film.
Be thorough and selective in your discussion. It is more important to discuss important cultural issues in depth than it is to explain the entire plot of the film.
Follow APA FORMAT when citing sources IN-TEXT and in your REFERENCE LIST. You will have a minimum of four citations in your reference list (course textbook and your three library research articles).

Paper Content

Consider the following questions as you view the film, incorporate your library research into your analysis, and write your paper.

Describe the context in which the action takes place. Which elements of the film give information about the context? How does the context affect communication patterns between the characters?
Describe different social and cultural identities that emerge in the course of the film. How are these identities constructed? How can the communication perspective help in understanding the identities of the characters? What is the relationship between identity and context? Do identities and associated issues change for particular characters over the course of the film? What influences these changes?
How does history affect the standpoints of the characters? What do you learn about perceptions of history from the film? What is the relationship between history and the identity issues of the main characters?
What can you say about communication styles and language use in the film? What did language reveal about particular characters? What social structures affect the use of language?
Analyze the use of nonverbal and spatial codes that are present in the film. How do characters use these codes? How is space constructed? Identify the elements that reveal these elements.
Can you identify cultural and social issues of power, hierarchy, and political concerns that are present in the film? Whose perspectives are considered? Why are those used and not others?
Movie Theme Choices: Each group will focus on one theme for the Cultural Research Presentation. You will choose a film from the theme to focus on for your Cultural Research Paper.

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