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1. Select one movie from the list below:
a. A Beautiful Mind (2001; Historical Drama; Russell Crowe, Ed Harris,
Jennifer Connelly)
b. As Good As It Gets (1997; Comedy, Drama, Romance; Jack Nicholson,
Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear)
c. Girl, Interrupted (1999; Drama; Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Clea
Duvall)
d. It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010; Comedy, Drama; Keir Gilchrist, Zach
Galifianakis, Emma Roberts)
e. Split (2016; Mystery & Thriller, Horror; James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy,
Betty Buckley)
2. Watch the film you have selected as a psychology student and not merely as an
ordinary film viewer. It is suggested that you read the assignment instructions in
detail so you understand what to look out for, then watch the selected film
multiple times.
3. Provide your own summary of the film, using psychological terms and concepts
that you have learned in class and from your textbook. State clearly the
psychological disorder you have seen portrayed in the film you have chosen,
using DSM criteria/language. You should explain the psychological disorder
portrayed in the movie. Determine and evaluate if the disorder identified in the
film is accurate according to your textbook and other resource materials. Provide
evidence using actual behaviors seen in the film. Is the depiction of the
psychological disorder in the film accurate or not? Give evidence to support your
claims using observable behaviors from the movie.
4. Based on the information from the film, determine which clinical diagnosis (or
diagnoses) a character from the movie most likely has/have (can be the main
character or supporting characters). Use criteria provided by the DSM-5 and
provide an evidence-based diagnosis/diagnoses of the person. You will need to
justify their diagnoses by demonstrating how the character’s symptoms meet
some or all the criteria outlined in the DSM-5 as evidence of your
diagnosis/diagnoses. Everything that you assert should be supported by
evidence.
5. Include proper citations in your paper. You are aware of the rules regarding
plagiarism. Your paper will be analyzed using TurnItIn software to check for
plagiarism, and all instances of plagiarism will result in academic alerts and
possible escalation of your violation to the proper authorities, resulting in more
serious penalties and similar matters. Do not attempt to cut and paste
information from the internet and pass it off as your own. The software will catch
you, and if it does, the instructor will not consider any appeal and other
considerations. TurnItIn has strict and objective standards, and will not hesitate
to detect any and all kinds of plagiarism.
6. You are expected to work independently on this project. Any and all forms of
plagiarism, copying, paraphrasing, and cheating of any kind will not be tolerated
and will be penalized to the full extent of the policies and guidelines of Alexander
College.Movie Analysis Grading Rubric (20% of final grade)
Movie Summary +
Clinical Diagnosis
(/5)
Analysis of Movie
(/8)
Writing + Organization
Summary of film
provided using
accurate psychological
terms and concepts
learned from class and
from course textbook;
Clinical diagnosis is
accurately identified
and exceptionally well
described using DSM-5
criteria
Summary of film
provided using
psychological terms
and concepts learned
from class and course
textbook but contains
minor errors in
psychological terms
and concepts;
Clinical diagnosis is
accurately identified
and described using
DSM-5 criteria
Summary of film
provided using
psychological terms
and concepts learned
from class and course
textbook but contains
some errors in
psychological terms
and concepts;
Clinical diagnosis is
accurately identified
but not well described
using DSM-5 criteria
Summary of film is
provided but includes
excessive details
unrelated to
psychological terms
and concepts learned
from class and from
course textbook;
Clinical diagnosis
identified is not
accurate
Summary of film is
missing from paper;
Clinical diagnosis is
missing or not accurate
5
4
3
1
0
Analysis or movie’s
portrayal of mental
disorder (how accurate
is it?) is discussed
thoroughly, with all
claims strongly
supported by
observable behaviours
and statements from
film as evidence
Analysis or movie’s
portrayal of mental
disorder (how accurate
is it?) is discussed
thoroughly, with most
claims supported by
observable behaviours
and statements from
film as evidence
Analysis or movie’s
portrayal of mental
disorder (how accurate
is it?) is discussed
partially, with only
some claims clearly
supported by
observable behaviours
and statements from
film as evidence
Analysis or movie’s
portrayal of mental
disorder (how accurate
is it?) is minimally
discussed, with few
claims clearly
supported by
observable behaviours
and statements from
film as evidence
Analysis or movie’s
portrayal of mental
disorder (how accurate
is it?) is minimally
discussed; claims are
not supported by
observable behaviours
and statements from
film as evidence
8
6
4
2
1
Ideas are clearly stated
and well-organized;
Academic writing is
strong with no
Some issues with
quality and
organization of ideas
stated, as well as errors
Major issues with
quality and
organization of ideas
stated, as well as
(/2)
Formatting
(/2)
References
(/3)
Total:
/20
grammatical issues and
spelling errors
in grammar and
spelling, leading to
some difficulty in
understanding parts of
paper
grammar and spelling,
leading to significant
difficulties in
understanding parts of
paper
2
1
0
Meets 5-6 page
requirement;
Uses correct formatting
(Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced,
1” margins)
Paper is under/above
5-6 page requirement;
Does not meet all
formatting criteria
(Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced,
1” margins)
Paper is under/above
5-6 page requirement;
Does not meet any
formatting criteria
(Times New Roman, 12pt font, double spaced,
1” margins)
2
1
0
Proper APA (7th edition)
formatting is used;
includes both in-text
citations and reference
list
Some issues with APA
(7th edition) formatting;
includes both in-text
citations and reference
list
Does not follow APA
(7th edition) formatting;
in-text citations and/or
reference list are
completely missing
*Note: Writing papers
without providing
citations is considered
plagiarism and places
you at risk of receiving
a zero grade and being
flagged for academic
misconduct
3
1
0

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