Group FGROUP FILM ANALYSIS
The primary goal of this assignment is for your group to apply and demonstrate an understanding of small group theory and principles through analysis of a film.
As a group you are to act as consultants for the small groups in the film. Your overall task is to identify the film group’s strengths and weaknesses based on the concepts discussed in your text book (chapter 8 and 9).
Then, demonstrate your ideas with specific examples from the film, and provide suggestions to the group portrayed in the movie in order to make them more effective group members and a more productive group.
Case Study Analysis Questions
Here are the questions you should try to answer in constructing your analysis.
1. Group Background and description: Identify important characters and the basic plot of the film. Establish who is the group? What is the history of the group? What is the purpose or goal of the group? What makes these characters a small group?
2. Leadership: How does the person(s) get into the leadership position? What leadership styles(s) emerge? Is the leadership effective and supported by the group? Does the leadership change? If so, how does this affect the group members? Are there any leadership problems?
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3. Rules, roles and task: Discuss the group roles.
What kind of maintenance, task, and self-centered functions do people play? How do these affect the group? Is anyone working with a hidden agenda? Are there any role ambiguities? Are there any group rules or norms?
4. Problem-Solving: Discuss how the group deals with problems/dilemmas. With what major problems does the group have to contend? What decisions does the group have to make? How does the group solve problems and make decisions? Were there strategies effective and appropriate? Why or Why not?
5. Conflict: Discuss conflict experienced by the group. How these conflicts were made known? How were these conflicts resolved or managed? Were these strategies effective and appropriate?
6. Development: Did the group go through developmental phases/stages? Explain. Were the phases followed in order? Explain.
8. Power: How was power distributed among group members? Who possesses which power bases? How did this affect the group?
9. Any other topic your group would like to cover related to human communication and depicted in the movie (identity management, perception, gender, cultural differences, verbal and non -verbal communication).
Group Paper to be turned in
Your analysis and observations need to be turned into a paper that organizes and summarizes your findings. Provide a title page with your group name, group member’s names and students id’s, and the film title. Your paper needs to include the following:
1. Introduction.-Provide an introduction to your paper which briefly describes the plot and the movies importance in relation to small group communication. Here you will explain why the characters can be considered a small group. Include a preview statement of the topics that will be discussed.
2. Case study analysis questions. – Then continue with the answers to the previous questions of the analysis. You may not be able to answer all of them but must at least cover 70% in your analysis. Your analysis must provide specific examples, based on the film, to back your claims. Refer to the text ideas and concepts in your analysis while addressing some of the questions asked for each section. Identify positive and negative qualities that characters illustrated based on the concepts from the text regarding groups and problem solving in groups.
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3. Recommendations for the Film Group.-. As consultants, indicate why the behaviors of your characters are inappropriate and suggest ways in which your film group can be a more productive and effective group. Make recommendations if a more effective communication in small group interactions is required. Give suggestions on how the group can accomplish their goals or overcome the obstacles encountered in a better way.
4. Conclusion.-Provide a conclusion to your paper. Summarize what was covered in the paper and indicate what your group learned through conducting this small group analysis.
ELEMENTS YOUR PAPER MUST CONTAIN
* Cover page with title
* Quotations from the textbook which amplify and explain the concepts you analyze in the film.
* Use transitions to connect ideas.
* Must contain sources and a list of references in schools format.
PPT Group Presentation , 5-15 minutes in length including clips
Each group will present their findings about the group portrayed in the film. You may not be able to cover every topic from your paper in your presentation, so it is up to you to choose the items you wish to discuss, 3 are suggested. However you must keep point 1. It is imperative that you incorporate text/class concepts in your paper and presentation. Do not just tell what happened in the movie with the characters. Rather, devote significant time on the analysis of the concepts within the film group. We want to know how the group interacted more so than what the movie was about.
1. Each team will develop a PowerPoint presentation to structure their presentation, 5-15 minutes in length including clips.
2. All group members will participate in the presentation equally and must be able to respond to any question
3. Each presentation will contain an introduction to the film reviewed and preview of points to be covered.
4. Each presentation will contain a conclusion which summarizes the three key ideas presented and finalizes.
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5. Each presentation will include at least TWO digitized clips which demostrates the small group communication concepts and principles contained in the film. These clips should be stored on a CD ROM and submitted with your final PowerPoint presentation and final team paper.