Your assignment is to view two films outside of class. It is your responsibility to choose and watch these films. You will need to pick out one film that shows the creation of relationships. The other film will illustrate the breaking down of a relationship. Some suggested titles are (you do not have to choose from this list):
Creation of relationships Breaking down of relationships
Love Actually Kramer vs. Kramer
Fools Rush In War of the Roses
Creator Mrs. Doubtfire
Falling In Love Radio Flyer
Gone with the Wind Divorce His, Divorce Hers
Casablanca Smash Palace
West Side Story Manhattan
Dr. Zhivago Breaking Up
When Harry Met Sally
You will chose any One Topic from any lecture or the text that you think relates to both films and this class. Examples could include among others; communication styles, love types, domestic violence, etc.
Your task is to write a 5-7 page comprehensive paper analyzing your topic. The last section of your paper is to find examples in the two films that illustrate your topic from both the negative and positive aspects. The structure should be as follows:
– First, include a brief introduction. This should tell me the topic of choice, what
two films that you chose and why you chose them.
– Then, outline your topic. Explain it to me as if I have never heard of it before.
Do not simply regurgitate information from the slides. Go into depth. Find
other sources if necessary. In other words, if you had a friend (not in the class)
read your paper, they should KNOW that one topic by the end of your paper.
– Third, using the topic, use examples from the films that illustrate how your topic
is operationalized. In other words, pick examples that clearly show the
presence of your topic, how it affects the relationship, what are potential
– Lastly, give a clear conclusion, which restates your purpose behind this paper,
your topic, and summarize any discoveries you have found.
Marriage, Relationships & Commitments
Exploring Relationships & Families
Our Gendered Identities & Roles
Loving Ourselves & Others
Our Sexual Selves
Choosing a Life Partner
Living Alone, Cohabiting, Same-Sex Relationships & Alternatives to Marriage
Marriage: From Social Institution to Private Relationship
Communication Challenges & Resolution
To Parent or Not to Parent
Work & Relationships
Family Stress, Crisis & Resilience
Power & Violence
Divorce: Before & After, Remarriages Part 1
Remarriages & Stepfamilies Part 2
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