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Zodiac(2007) Movie Review
The objective of the assignment is to watch the movie and then apply various concepts that we have discussed throughout class during the semester. The paper must be a minimum of 1,600 words, not counting references or a cover page. Any paper that does not meet this minimum word criteria will be subject to a penalty. Papers need not be any longer than 2,200 words.
While these papers must have a scholarly tone (e.g. using appropriate grammar and a college-level vocabulary, not using contractions or the first-person), they will consist mainly of your own original ideas and thoughts.
You are virtually unlimited as to what you can write about. Some suggestions could include, assessing whether the movie provides a realistic depiction of serial murder based upon what you have learned in class. You might also decide to describe, in detail, whether or not the serial murderers exhibit certain paraphilia. Is the film fictional or is it based on actual characters? If it is based on actual characters, is it an accurate portrayal, in your opinion? You may discuss any aspect of the film, so long as you integrate some of the concepts that you have learned in the reading and online discussions throughout the semester.
You are welcome to use outside sources (e.g. scholarly articles, books, appropriate Internet sources), however, do not quote verbatim at any time from these sources. Since this is a rather short assignment, it must be in your own words. Paraphrasing is o.k., but do not have long quotes from outside sources. Also, if you use an outside source, be sure to cite this in the reference section of your paper. You may use either MLA or APA style.
You may not recycle papers you have written for other classes. Your paper for this class needs to be 100% your own work. If anyone is caught submitting work from another class, even if it is work which they have written for other courses, this will be treated as an academic integrity violation.
I will allow you to quote the movie if you feel that it illustrates an important point. However, a quote can be no more than 100 words. And, you may only quote your film a maximum of three times. No exceptions. Please make sure that you follow this rule, as deviations will result in a penalty.