Political Science homework help. Movie Essays PLSC 111 Dr. Aleea Perry
Movie Essays: Film portrayals, whether they be historical or satirical in nature, offer a
perspective on past or current events that may enhance your understanding of our topics. In three
units, you will watch a film (you will have a choice for each unit) and write about how the film
affects your understanding of our topic, where it diverges or agrees with our readings, how it
relates to or refutes the current national news, and the message it presents. Films denoted with a
* or ** are available from the IUP Library and/or on reserve. Please visit the Circulation desk
at the Library to request materials. Please note, the materials are only available for a three-hour
hold to allow others to access the materials as needed. Some films are available on Netflix, some
on Amazon Prime, some on iTunes, some on YouTube, and others available on-demand. As
access to these movies via online sources changes regularly, I have no way of knowing what is
available when and on what format – it is your responsibility to research this and utilize the
information for your benefit. As each unit has movies readily available in the library at the
Circulation Desk on reserve for this class, I expect that you will be able to access these easily
and without cost.
For one film per unit, write a creative 1-2 page typed in Times New Roman font, double-spaced,
essay in which you integrate: (1) The film, (2) our readings, and (3) current events. You will turn
in your essays via D2L. Please use spell-check, grammar-check, and review your work prior to
turning it in. You will cite your sources using APA format. Papers are due by 11:59 p.m. on
April 14, 2020.
For each film essay, please address the issues below. Your essay will be required to include:
• Identification of the film chosen and date observed. To do this as simply as possible,
write the following in the first paragraph: “I watched film name on date.”
• Sources, including the movie, the book, and your chosen current event cited using APA
• What were the political message(s) of the film?
• How did the film relate to the readings?
• How did the film relate to current events?
Grading rubric will be as such:
Identified film chosen, date observed: 0-1 points
Cited sources using APA format: 0-3 points
Identified political messages of the film, provided examples (character, event): 0-2 points
Identified how film relates to readings, provided examples (chapter, reading): 0-2 points
Identified how film relates to current events, provided examples (news, events): 0-2 points
TOTAL: 0-10 points
Movie Essay 2 due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 16!
Movie Essays PLSC 111 Dr. Aleea Perry
2: Toward Collective Action: Mediating Institutions
Delivering Collective Action: Formal Institutions
Chapters 8-14, American Government 2e
Unit 2 films: choose one
12 Historic Supreme Court Cases [http://landmarkcases.c-span.org/default.aspx — choose 1]
Twelve Angry Men (1957)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Lincoln (2012)
A Civil Action (1999)
Magic Town (1947)
The Best Congress Money Can Buy (2007) [YouTube]
Thank You for Smoking (2005)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
Snowden (2016)
The Presidents’ Collection [PBS – available online, choose one]
John Adams (2008)
Nixon (1995)
All the Way (2016)
Hidden Figures (2016)
The Help (2011)
The Normal Heart (2014)
Good Night and Good Luck (2006)

Political Science homework help