film Analysis,Criminological Theory


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Choose 1 of the following films to view:

Boyz in the Hood
Hoop Dreams
Menace to Society
The Devil’s Playground
River’s Edge
The Shawshank Redemption
A Bronx Tale
Bound By Honor/Blood In Blood Out
Basketball Diaries
American Me
Gone Baby Gone
The life of David Gale
Carlito’s Way
American History X
Reckless Indifference
My Family

Most of the time, we view films simply for entertainment. For this assignment, you will be viewing the film from the perspective of a criminologist/sociologist. You must take a critical orientation and look for themes that exemplify concepts we have covered in this section (Rational Choice, classical criminology, Social Control, conflict criminology, consensus view, etc.).

Watch the movie at least twice and Choose TWO theories from our text, discussion or lecture to help analyze the events in this movie.
Look for scenes related to topics in our course. Take notes as needed to remember relevant scenes that may depict or support the theory you have chosen
Write a criminological analysis of the movie, using the outline below:

Movie: Title, Year Released, Director, Main Actors and Character Names
Short Summary: What is the main theme of the movie? What relevant subplots will you be discussing later in the paper?
Introduce the theory you will be using to guide your analysis. This includes a complete definition of the theory and its application in your paper

Describe how the scenes or character helps explain the theory or how the theory is supported in the paper.
Be as analytical as you need to be to bring your analysis to life. However, it is important you understand the theory first. The goal of the assignment is to understand the two theories you have chosen in a more applicable way.
Conclusions: How does applying this theory to the movie help us understand better? Be sure to be specific about what it is that you understand better.