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Social Psychology

Term Paper Directions

Due Thursday, December 12

1. Watch one of the following movies:

The Accidental Tourist (1985)
The Age of Innocence (1993)
Annie Hall (1977)
Casablanca (1942)
Crash (2005)
The Crucible (1996)
The Deer Hunter (1978)
Field of Dreams (1990)
The Fountainhead (1949)
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
Gandhi (1982)
Ghostbusters (1984)
House of Games (1987)
The Joy Luck Club (1993)
King of Hearts (1967)
The Laramie Project (2002)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2003)
The Object of My Affection (1998)
Princess Bride (1988)
Schindler’s List (1994)
Stand and Deliver (1987)
Stand by Me (1986)
Thirteen Days (2000)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Trading Places (1993)
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
12 Monkeys (1995)
When Harry Met Sally (1989)

2. Write a 6 page paper (not including a cover page) about the movie. First, summarize the movie (this section should be about one page). Next, identify and discuss at least five principles in the movie that are included in social psychology, such as prejudices, schemas, research methods, cognitive dissonance, cultural/self identity, conformity, etc. Make sure that you correctly describe the principle and thoroughly discuss how the principle is in action in the movie. Remember, I am looking for a thorough discussion that shows that you understand how the principle works, and how it influences human thoughts and behaviors. Finally, draw conclusions about what this movie means in the context(s) of social psychology.

3. Your paper must be typed and in APA format. Please include a cover page, and do not include an abstract or outline. If you don’t know what APA format looks like, look at the APA publishing manual or a writing guide, or ask a librarian for help.
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