Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 8 and 9 of Making Connections: Understanding Interpersonal Communication (specifically Section 9.2), complete the Week 4 Paper Training (Links to an external site.) and review the
Television options (each show has no charge and has closed captioning):
- Black-ish (Links to an external site.)
- Modern Family (Links to an external site.)
- This Is Us (Links to an external site.)
- Erin Brockovich
If you have problems accessing any of this content, contact your instructor immediately.
In this assignment, you will write a two- to three-page (500 to 750 word) paper in which you apply some of the communication-based conflict resolution strategies outlined in your textbook to a conflict in a fictional television program or film.
In your paper,
- Define conflict, utilizing Bevan.
- Describe one interpersonal conflict that was not handled effectively in the television episode or film.
- Explain how this situation meets the criteria for interpersonal conflict, utilizing Bevan, Section 9.2.
- Note: Focus on one exchange that illustrates one conflict and not the entire plot of the episode. If possible, provide some dialogue so the reader can clearly see how the characters handled the situation.
- Explain why the conflict was not handled effectively, utilizing Bevan (Chapters 8 and 9).
- Describe two strategies outlined in Bevan that the characters used to address the conflict, utilizing Bevan.
- Describe two strategies outlined in Bevan that the characters could have used to resolve this conflict more effectively, utilizing Bevan.
The Interpersonal Conflict in Television or Film paper
- Must be two to three double-spaced pages in length, which is 500 to 750 words (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Centers APA Style (Links to an external site.) resource.
- Must include a separate title page with the following:
- Title of paper
- Students name
- Course name and number
- Instructors name
- Date submitted
- For further assistance with the formatting and the title page, refer to APA Formatting for Word 2013 (Links to an external site.).
- Must utilize an academic voice. See the Academic Voice (Links to an external site.) resource for additional guidance.
- Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
- For assistance on writing Introductions & Conclusions (Links to an external site.) as well as Writing a Thesis Statement (Links to an external site.), refer to the Writing Center resources.
- Must use at Bevan multiple times, including to define conflict and explore ways the characters can overcome it.
- Must document use of Bevan following APA Style as outlined in the Writing Centers APA: Citing Within Your Paper (Links to an external site.) guide.
- Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List (Links to an external site.) resource in the Writing Center for specifications.