Ritically Analyzing The Film Capitalism: A Love Story (dir. Michael Moore, 2010

ASSIGNMENT DETAILS

Format: 4 pages, double spacing, and 12-point font

This assignment involves critically analyzing the film Capitalism: A Love Story (dir. Michael Moore, 2010), which will be shown in Week 6. You are expected to relate the course readings and other material to the film in your analysis. Do not simply repeat what is in the film; you MUST relate the film to the course material or you will receive a failing grade.

If you missed the film showing in Week 6 then you can borrow the film from the Sound and Moving Image Library (SMIL) in the Scott Library. It is open from 9am until 9pm.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

To get a good mark you will need to make sure that you aim to meet the following criteria.

1. Format (adherence good)
2. Coherence (clarity good)
3. Relation to reading (relevance key)
4. Writing style and language (clear good)

What this means:
1. Format: if you do not adhere strictly to the format (above) then you will not get a good mark.
2. Coherence: you need to include a short introduction a including an outline of what you have written a and conclusion. You also need (a) a clear structure to the assignment, which you should then follow; and (b) a sensible flow to your argument. For example, it would be helpful to outline what capitalism is, then say what the filmas main arguments are, and then whether/how those arguments are strong or weak.
3. Critical analysis: this involves outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the filmas arguments in relation to the academic literature you have read from the course and from outside of the course. You MUST use academic literature to make your argument or you will receive a failing grade; you need a MINIMUM of 3-4 academic references from the course syllabus to get an average grade.
4. Writing style and language: you must make sure that your assignment is properly spelled, grammatical, clear, etc.
5. Content: you must also make sure that you provide a clear outline of the filmas key arguments and the examples used to make these arguments. You then need to analyze the content in reference to the academic literature (see above).

Ritically analyzing the film Capitalism: A Love Story (dir. Michael Moore, 2010)

ASSIGNMENT 1
Film Analysis

BASIC INFORMATION

ASSIGNMENT DETAILS

Format: 4 pages, double spacing, and 12-point font

This assignment involves critically analyzing the film Capitalism: A Love Story (dir. Michael Moore, 2010) You are expected to relate the course readings and other material to the film in your analysis. Do not simply repeat what is in the film; you MUST relate the film to the course material or you will receive a failing grade.

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA

To get a good mark you will need to make sure that you aim to meet the following criteria.

1. Format (adherence good)
2. Coherence (clarity good)
3. Relation to reading (relevance key)
4. Writing style and language (clear good)

What this means:
1. Format: if you do not adhere strictly to the format (above) then you will not get a good mark.
2. Coherence: you need to include a short introduction a including an outline of what you have written a and conclusion. You also need (a) a clear structure to the assignment, which you should then follow; and (b) a sensible flow to your argument. For example, it would be helpful to outline what capitalism is, then say what the filmas main arguments are, and then whether/how those arguments are strong or weak.
3. Critical analysis: this involves outlining the strengths and weaknesses of the filmas arguments in relation to the academic literature you have read from the course and from outside of the course. You MUST use academic literature to make your argument or you will receive a failing grade; you need a MINIMUM of 3-4 academic references from the course syllabus to get an average grade.
4. Writing style and language: you must make sure that your assignment is properly spelled, grammatical, clear, etc.
5. Content: you must also make sure that you provide a clear outline of the filmas key arguments and the examples used to make these arguments. You then need to analyze the content in reference to the academic literature (see above).

Guide to Writing an Essay

Title / question:
- Choose question you know most about; sometimes a question that seems complex (i.e. long) will actually be easier to do than a simpler question because it provides a ready-made structure for your argument
- Always include title at top of first page (also good to include name, class / code, date and word count)
- Answer the question! Stick to a specific set of issues and if something does not relate to them then do not include it

Structure:
- Introduction a what, why, how
- Main body
o Good idea to start by defining the key issues or ideas (e.g. what is a a?businessa? What different types of business are there? Etc). This will make it easier to answer the question because it will give you something to hang your empirical material / examples onto and something to either support or criticise (or do both)
o a¦then present empirical material / examples
o Often easier to set out the key ideas first and then use empirical material to support or criticise them
- Conclusion a summarise, conclude, do not include anything new
- Headings and some sub-headings may help you structure your argument

Referencing (can the reader find the material you use?):
- Use Harvard referencing system
o andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/a.html#among

Bibliography:
- General guide: use at least one reference per paragraph you write.
- Another general guide: you need more than 3 or 4 academic references per essay; aim for 3-4 books and 3-4 articles.
- Note: you donat have to read the whole article / book to use it as a reference; HOWEVER, it will help you learn how to write if you read as much as possible.