University of Minnesota Twin Cities Group Dynamics and Film Discussion This assignment should be no more than four or five pages long when double-spaced. CMST 1320
Group Dynamics and Film
The primary purpose of this assignment is to apply principles of small group communication to situations
and relationships found in film. Your goal is to use concepts that will allow the reader (me) to better
understand the film and its characters.
You will select one movie whose characters and plot are heavily related to the group communication in
Your analysis should include at least three concepts; at least two of which need to come from
Chapters 9 & 10 in the text. You can also use 1 (maximum) term from the Interpersonal Chapters
(7 & 8) if you want. I’m hoping this will help you make your analysis more interesting and
substantial. (Beyond the three required concepts you can also use Ch. 1-6 as support of your three
Think about ideas like Cohesiveness, Leadership, Power, Roles, Norms, or any others you find work for
you and your film. (And Interpersonal ideas like Intimacy, Conflict, Self-Disclosure etc.)
Your assignment should include:
A brief synopsis of the movie and the characters of the film. Offer enough background information
so that if I haven’t seen the film, I can understand a bit about whom the characters are when you
reference them and why/how your topics fit into the film. (no more than 2-3 paragraphs)
A thoughtful analysis of at least three communication concepts (at least two of the three from the
Group Communication chapters) that are in play throughout the film as the characters
overcome/experience the specifics of the plot.
And “thoughtful” means 1) using specific examples from the film, 2) showing you understand and
can apply concepts from the chapters, and 3) writing clearly and at a college level.
**Important: Do not use “small” terms that will result in a brief or shallow analysis. For
example, if you are using Cohesiveness, use as many of the elements as you can, not just
one of the elements. Or if you want to use Roles, then analyze several characters’ Roles, not
just one or two characters’.
Ask yourself: Does applying this concept truly illuminate or explain the plot and/or
characters in the film?
Also, you have 2 weeks to complete this paper. Your final product should reflect two weeks of
This assignment should be no more than four or five pages long when double-spaced. I am more
interested in a solid analysis then a particular length so if yours is longer, that’s fine. Submit it to the
Group Film drop box.
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