Report #2: Observe and Analyze Social Interactions
General Education Objectives: Students will write a well-organized report in which they analyze the interactions between people who come from different cultural backgrounds.

Course Objective #3: Students will observe interactions between individuals in a movie and then analyze them. This analysis will demonstrate their understanding that society and individuals are mutually created in the process of social interaction, sociologists use specific concepts to analyze social interaction, and that relationships are formed in different social contexts.

Assignment Objective: Students will choose a movie that is based on a true story, observe, and then analyze social interactions in the video. Specifically, students will

observe the interactions between individuals and the groups in which they participate
record their observations as data
interpret the data using sociological concepts and theories
Preparation (15 points)
Reading: Chapters on Culture and Media, Socialization and Social Construction, Social Control and Deviance, Stratification, Gender, Race.

Collect Data: Choose a movie (online or DVD) that is based on a true story. The Movie List is below the instructions in an attachment. It has a number of appropriate movies to choose from.

As you watch the video, record what you see and hear as individuals interact with each other. You will submit your notes with the report.

Choose 2 interactions (e.g. conversations, arguments, or meetings) between people.

One interaction will be between people who are engaging in the socialization process.
One interaction will be between people who are committing and/or experiencing a type of deviance.
Write down the context of the interactions. Where were they? (building, rural, urban, region, nation, etc.) When did they take place? (year, season, during a significant social event)
When you record your observations of the interactions, note specific characteristics of the individuals who are interacting:
status in an organization (e.g. student or instructor)
anything else you notice about the individual (e.g. clothing, hair-style, verbal language, body language)
Record the names of groups and organizations that you observe
social networks
informal groups
formal groups or organizations
size of groups
strength of the ties between individuals in the groups
Tips for recording your data and remaining objective:
write down exactly what you see and hear, do NOT write down your impression or feelings, or beliefs about the interaction. Do not write down that someone is angry. Write down the things they say or do that tell you the person is angry. For example, if people are arguing, record what they say, facial expressions or gestures to each other. Be specific. Record the details. This is a way to remain objective.
pay attention to how individuals react to each other. Do they simply state an idea or feeling and then listen to the other person, or do they respond to each other’s ideas and feelings with subtle queues such as smiles, hand gestures, or eye rolls? Write these down. They may indicate agreement or disagreement, or something else. You won’t know until you see the whole movie and put all of the interactions into the context.
Report Outline
Read the questions completely. Include the underlined concepts in your responses.

A. Introduction (1 page, 10 pts.)
What is the title of the movie and the names of the characters that you observed in the movie?
What is the social context of the movie? Time and place on micro and macro levels.
What groups or organizations were important in the movie? Name and give a brief description.
What are the 2 social interactions that you observed? Describe who interacted, when, where, and what words or actions you observed.
B. Analyze ONE of the social interactions that you observed.
Respond to the following questions about a single interaction, discussion, argument, etc. (2-3 pages, 35 pts.)

Read the questions completely. Include the underlined concepts in your responses.

Discuss how individual’s might experience socialization in this interaction. Answer these questions in your discussion and include the underlined concepts in your responses.
Is one of the individuals playing the role of an agent of socialization or an agent of social control in the interaction? Who? How do you know?
Is one of the individuals playing the role of a learner or deviant when they interact? Who? How do you know?
What values, norms did each character show in the interaction? Focus on the things you observed in the specific interaction.
What did the individuals’ learn about their self-concepts (I and me)? How do you know? Evidence?
What were these individuals’ beliefs about the “others” that you observed in the interaction? How do you know their beliefs?
Did their beliefs about others change as a result of the interaction? How do you know?
Discuss how groups that you observed in the movie influenced the individuals that you observed. Answer these questions in your discussion.
What groups did the individuals participate in? Primary, secondary, social networks, etc.? Give examples.
What social statuses did individuals hold in these groups?
Did all individuals experience the same amounts or types of social capital in the groups?
How did these similarities or differences affect their interactions?
What social forces (i.e. cultural values and norms, economic circumstances, political issues) influenced individual interactions?
C. Evaluate the results of the interactions. Answer these questions in your evaluation. (half page, 15 pts.)
What was the outcome of the interaction that you observed?
Was any individual socialized into the group effectively? Explain.
Did any individual change deviant behavior? Explain.
Did the individuals become more bonded with each other or did they build barriers between them? Explain.
What was the outcome for the groups in the movie?
Did they display more social solidarity or more conflict at the end of the movie? Explain what you saw.
D. Apply sociological theories to the movie. (half page, 10 pts.)
These are the major theoretical paradigms in sociology:

Conflict theory
Symbolic interactionism

Which theoretical paradigm is better for explaining microlevel interactions such as those you observed in the movie?
Choose one paradigm and explain why it is best for analyzing social interactions that you observed.
Which theoretical paradigm is better for explaining the social forces that influenced the individuals in the movie?
Choose one paradigm and explain why it is best for analyzing social forces (i.e. cultural, economic, political conditions) that you observed.
E. References/Works Cited (5 points)
When you use quotes from the book, an article, or video, make sure you place the words in quotation marks and include internal references to the source.

This means, at the end of the sentence with the quote, type the author’s name, the date of the publication and page number where you found the quote. Put parentheses around this information. It should look something like this (Conley 2017, p. 275).

You need a bibliographic citation for these quotes at the end of the report. If you are not sure how to write a citation, please see the instructions at the library’s website. Click HERE to see a library guide for citations.

F. Attach the notes that you recorded about the movie for 15 points.
Instructions for formatting the report
Format: In the top left hand corner of page 1, please type your full name, date, and title of the report.

Report should be typed in 4-5 pages.
Use double-spacing between the lines and 12-point font.
Save the document in a Word document (.doc) or .rtf. I cannot open Word Perfect documents. If I receive a document electronically, and cannot open it, I will notify you and it will be considered late.
When you save your document, be sure to label the file with your last name and the name of the assignment. Example: JRodriguezReport1.doc
Grading Rubric
Read the questions completely. Include the underlined concepts in your responses.
I will evaluate your report and award points according to the answers you give to each question. If you answer half the questions, you may receive no more than half the points. The points assigned to each question are listed with the instructions for writing.
Because this is a report and not an essay, you can simply write your responses in the order of the questions. Each question can be a separate paragraph.
Demonstrate your understanding of sociology by including key concepts from the textbook, definitions and/or examples of them that show your understanding of the concepts and how to apply them to the topic of the report. If you include a definition of a concept, be sure to put quotation marks around the definition and cite the source (i.e. textbook).
Use college level grammar, expression, phrasing and organization. I do not look for fancy writin’, but clear writing is very important. Hint: Go to the Learning Center or have a friend listen to you read your paper to see if you clearly stated what you intended to express.
I expect students to use sociological concepts in ways that reflect their appropriate meaning, according to the
Use spell check and proofread the report before you submit it.

12 Years a Slave

13 Days

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi


50 to 1

A Beautiful Mind

A Coal Miner’s Daughter

A League of their Own

A Mighty Heart

Act of Valor


All Eyez on Me

All the President’s Men

Amazing Grace


American Gangster

American Hustle

American Made

American Me

American Violet


"Are you looking for this answer? We can Help click Order Now"