POL128 Fall 2018: Identify the type of Political film and characteristics and functions, which your film choice matches.

The Essay assignment length is a minimum of 1000 words and maximum of 1200 words

 

The essay should consist of an Introduction, Body and Conclusions as well as Bibliography and Chicago Footnote Style referencing (see guide below).

 

Use either class notes, annotated notes and/or the Rejai political reading listed for each essay topic, with relevant political concepts for analysis.

 

Essay Introduction:

 

-Identify the type of Political film and characteristics and functions, which your film choice matches.

 

-Write a short synopsis of the film, which leads into a thesis statement.  Think of the Thesis statement as an answer to your Essay topic discussion question (see different film choices).

 

-Include some reference to the key points of the political concepts, which you are going to use for your analysis or incorporate into the body of your essay.

 

-If you are going to also use some creative analysis for your film be sure to look into the reference reading: “Film Analysis: Approaches and Strategies” (pp. 1014-1061), in film Analysis: A Norton Reader Ed., by Jeffery Geiger and R.L. Rutsky, 2nd Edition, 2013. (D2L digital online reading in one-stop course readings).  Please use creative analysis sparingly, and only for a very striking scene that helps to convey a political concept or idea.

 

Essay Body:

 

-In the body of your essay try to develop an analysis that connects back to your thesis statement.  E.g. Life of Pi is a film, which can be read as a story which implicitly/explicitly conveys Hobbes idea of a “state of Nature” through Pi’s journey from India to Canada, being shipwrecked with a Bengal tiger on a lifeboat. 

 

-Try to focus on developing one solid detailed analysis or idea per paragraph rather than several sketchy attempts at analyzing different aspects of the film jammed into one paragraph or a story overview.

 

Conclusions:

 

-According the Harvard Writing Centre: “The end of an essay should… convey a sense of completeness and closure as well as a sense of the lingering possibilities of the topic, its larger meaning, its implications: the final paragraph should close the discussion without closing it off.” If you would like to read more about ideas on how to conclude your essay see: https://writingcenter.fas.harvard.edu/pages/ending-essay-conclusions

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