The basic idea for this essay is the same as for the previous one: How well, or not, do you think the moviein this case Agoradoes in capturing the essence of the time-period and place depicted? That is the basic question that your whole essay needs to be focused on.
In the case of the history we’re dealing with in this unit, we’re in a slightly different position from the one we were in with the Spartans and Persinas. On the one hand, we’ve got a lot of general documentation, and from a great variety of different sorts of sources–political, historical, economic, social. On the other hand, we actually have very little direct evidence dealing with the specific events depicted in this film (the sacking of the Serapeum, Hypatia’s murder) than we did in the previous couple cases. So, while we are in the happy position of being able to paint a fairly full and detailed portrait of that society at that time in general, we cannot be too sure about the specific people and events. This means that, even more than was the case in the previous units, you will need to focus on the “flavor” of the society–its general shape and constitution, its basic values and mentalities, types of social groups and their relationships, etc. The facts, individual persons and events can certainly be a part of your argument about the film, as much as possible. But you will need to go beyond that to make your judgment.
So to start with, think back to the film: beyond the concrete events, what is the “story” here? What is the film saying, whether intentionally or not, about what Rome was like in this period? In class we identified several things as being key parts to the film’s story: the idea of a clash between Reason and Faith (blind, ignorant faith, superstition); Questioning vs. Obedience; the Elite vs. the Mob; etc. In your essay, you will need to establish for your reader what kind of a story the film is telling, and then compare that story and its details to what you have discovered in the documents. (You could certainly do it the other way around, as well: first analyze the documents to get an understanding of the era, then show how the film either fits that, or doesnt. Personally, I think it would be easier to first discuss the film, since the films story is necessarily more narrowly focused than the readings. That way youll have much more focus for going to the documents which, for this unit, are all over the place.)
In general, I would suggest the following issues to think about.
what is the nature of the two (or 3) religions? What do they each believe, theologically, yes, but beyond that, and even more importantly, what are their values; what do they consider important, and what do they fear? What kind of people are they (elites, lower classes, educated, uneducated, etc.)? The documents won’t always give direct evidence for such things, but they will always give you enough to do at least do some speculating, make some educated guesses.
how do they feel about each other: what is their self-identity (as Pagans, as Christians), and how do they view “the others”? Do they hate each other? fear each other? or just find the others quaint and ridiculous?
even more importantly, what is the relationship of the different religious communities to the state, and to the idea of state power? Does either community seem to identify with the state and feel it is “theirs”? Do they care about the state? Do they want anything from the state? And how does the state feel about the religions? How does the state use religion, and why?
lastly, what about the role of women in that society? What kinds of attitudes prevail about women? What is their legal situation? What opportunities do they have? And does any of that have anything to do, do you think, with Hypatia’s murder? Do the documents suggest that she was killed in a clash between Reason and Fanatical Religion? Or because she was a woman? Or something else?
The film will serve as a vehicle for learning about interpersonal communication and relationships. You will analyze what the film has shown about the ways people relate to one another.
You are expected to write a short, three to four page analysis of the film. DO NOT go under two and a half or over four and a half pages. Your analysis should focus on issues of communication, incorporating material from the readings, your online assignments and lecture. You will need an introduction and a conclusion in this paper as well as identify three or four points (concepts) that you found most enlightening, controversial, or even possibly incorrect. You will be expected to discuss what individuals did, what happened, and why. Relevant communication theory and text material should be introduced foe each example. You should write this paper as if you were going to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge to an individual that has little or no knowledge of communication theory. That pretend reader should learn a lot from reading your paper.
The paper should be 3-4 pages (typed), 1 in margins, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, with no cover page required. You must cite the course textbook using MLA formatting (Links to an external site.). When saving your document, include your last name and the assignment, and save as either a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) or a Rich Text File (.rtf).
You can write about anything that you like, but be sure to relate it to interpersonal communication. The great news is that interpersonal communication can be tied into many chapters that we have already discussed in the course this semester.
Some topics you might choose to discuss:
This list is just a starting point. Please feel free to go beyond and think outside of the box. As you watch the film, you may want to use this worksheet in order to help you take notes for your paper.
Interpersonal Communications Film Paper Worksheet.docxPreview the document
You may select any film for this project. You do not need prior approval. Remember the focus is on Interpersonal Communication so your film should include a relationship between 2 people. Please select only films produced in English. No foreign films.
1. Re-read Take a Closer Look: Exploring Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” in your textbook.
2. Carefully listen to the piano piece “Clair de Lune” and critically examine its components, style, context, and influence. Listen for and try identifying at least TWO basic elements of music described in the required Module 6 textbook pages. You may also wish to refer back to the Module 6 Online Exploration resources as well as the required pages in your textbook for Module 6.
3. Read the essay “Musical Impressionism: The Early History of the Term” by Ronald L. Byrnside from The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 66, No. 4 (October, 1980), pp. 522-537, published by Oxford University Press here in Module 6.
4. Now that you’ve carefully examined and researched the work of music, write and submit the finished essay using at least three fully developed paragraphs and at least 500 words, in which you:
Describe Claude Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” analytically. In doing this, identify at least TWO basic elements of music described in the Module 6 required textbook pages “The Basic Elements of Music.”
Identify the “mood” of the song. What kind of “Impression” does it give you?
Explain whether “Clair de Lune” is Apollonian or Dionysian, and provide evidence supporting your argument.
Knowing that “Clair de Lune” belongs to a musical school known as Impressionism (based on your research) describe the similarities and differences between Impressionism as an artistic movement (as we learned about in Module 5) and as a movement in music. Use evidence from “Clair de Lune” and your exploration of Impressionism to support your arguments.
Conclude by commenting on whether or not you believe that Music and Visual Art should share an artistic classification such as “Impressionism.” In other words, does referring to “Clair de Lune” (the song) AND Claude Monet’s “Impression Sunrise” (the painting) both as “Impressionism” make sense? Or is this just an example of Academicians in Humanities making an unnecessary connection?
Be sure to use and cite “Musical Impressionism: The Early History of the Term” by Ronald L. Byrnside and/or another essay you have already found and read as a research source article concerning the musical school and movement known as Impressionism.
For this topic I picked the film Star Wars (1977)
800-Word Genre Analysis
1. Describe the characteristics of the genre of your film, using the handout How to Write about Genre. You dont need to address all the questions, but you should thoroughly explain the genres characteristics.
2. Explain why your selected film is a good example of the genre. How does your film satisfy the requirements and expectations of a specific genre?
Make sure you acknowledge all sources used, whether paraphrased or quoted. Any words not your own must be enclosed in quotation marks. Sources should be listed on References page (APA style)
Questions to Consider When Analyzing the Conventions of a Particular Genre:
What are the settings typical of a particular genre?
What kinds of characters are found in a particular genre?
Are there actors associated with your selected genre?
What kinds of stories are associated with your selected genre?
Are there common themes?
What are the kinds of scenes you expect to find?
What is the visual style typical of your selected genre?
Are there typical patterns of lighting?Are there typical patterns of editing?Are there common sounds or a particular kind of sound track?
When did this genre first emerge?How has the genre changed over time?
Have there been parodies of the genre?
I need to write an essay to write an essay about the film The Descent (2005) directed by Neil Marshall. In the essay I need to explain how this film respond to, or is inspired by, the historical context and trends of the decade in which it the film was released. In the files section, I put some files with instructions that will help to understand better what you need to do.
Based on the film Mean Girls (2004) directed by Mark Waters and produced by Lorne Michaels. This comic film is based on the self-help book, Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman (2002). Engage a critical discussion on the possible negative consequences of Albert Banduras Social Learning Theory. The essay needs to be 350-words.
You are to select a film and examine several theories of interpersonal communication discussed in your text to see how they are portrayed in film. The focus will be on how communication is used to initiate, maintain, and terminate relationships. The film will serve as a vehicle for learning about interpersonal communication and relationships. You will analyze what the film has shown about the ways people relate to one another.
The paper should be 3-5 pages long, with a bibliography of at least two sources. Your textbook can be one of the sources. DO NOT go under two and a half or over four and a half pages. Your analysis should focus onissuesofcommunication,incorporatingmaterialfromthereadings,youronlineassignments. Youwill need a strong introduction and a conclusion in this paper as well as identify three or four points (concepts) that you found most enlightening, controversial, or even possibly incorrect. You will be expected to discuss what individuals did, what happened, and why. Relevant communication theory and text material should be introduced for each example. You should write this paper as if you were going to demonstrate your expertise and knowledge to an individual that has little or no knowledge of communication theory. That pretend reader should learn a lot from reading your paper.
The paper should be 3-5 pages, word-processed, double-spaced, 12pt Times New Roman font, with a cover page. You must cite the course textbook using MLA formatting. When saving your document, include your last name and the assignment, and save as either a Microsoft Word file (.doc or .docx) or a Rich Text File (.rtf).
Submit this paper in the appropriate assignment drop box in Blackboard by the deadline.
1. Recognize the components of the communication process and the types of communication in which human beings engage (one-on-one, group and public speaking).
2. Students will recognize and accommodate gender and cultural differences in communication settings and appreciate diverse communication styles.
3. Students will describe the role of free speech in a democratic society and be able to critically evaluate and analyze the message and delivery style of public speakers.
By completing this assignment, students will be able to:
1. Define intimacy and describe a range of options for conveying intimate messages.
2. Analyze the themes of a close relationship using both Knapps model of relationship
development and the dialectical model.
3. Explain the different conflict management styles.
4. Distinguish between constructive styles and methods of dealing with interpersonal conflict.
5. Analyze both Verbal and Nonverbal communication in relationships.
6. Apply the communication process and perception in interpersonal relationships.
The great news is that interpersonal communication can be tied into many chapters that we have already discussed in the course this semester.
Some topics you might choose to discuss:
? Perception in interpersonal relationships.
? Communication Process
? Models of Communication
? Theses of a close relationship using both Knapps model of relationship development and the
? Conflicts in relationships and the methods and styles of dealing with interpersonal conflict.
? Non-Verbal Communication
? Verbal Communication
Select as many concepts/theories that apply to the film. Do not hesitate to go beyond and think outside of the box. As you watch the film, you may want to take notes and have your textbook handy.