Briefly Describe The Plot Of The Film And The Group Members (Essay Sample)
The objective of this assignment is for you to apply and demonstrate an understanding of small group concepts through the analysis of a film. The film should include a small group of individuals who communicate with each from the beginning to the end of the movie. Also, make sure to select a film that allows you to answer the 6 questions listed below. Some films that have been used are The Avengers, Zootopia, Saving Private Ryan, Deepwater Horizon, 12 Angry Men, Apollo 13, Remember the Titans, Lord of the Rings, Spotlight, Toy Story. After you select your film, you are ready to begin applying group concepts to the film by answering the following questions.
Most of the information can be found in “Groups and Teams Defined” (pgs. 232-255) and “What Effective Group Members Do” (pgs. 260-285) on electronic library reserve.
Group Background (12 pts.): Briefly describe the plot of the film and the group members. Would you consider the group a team (pgs. 232-236)? Why? Discuss the four phases of group/team development as they relate the group in the film (pgs. 249-251).
Group Roles (10 pts.): Identify two task roles, two social roles, and two individual roles that are performed by group members (not two roles for each member) (pgs. 242-243)? How do the roles affect the group? What does the group do to manage the individual roles?
Leadership (9 pts.): Explain what kind of leaders the group has (designated? emergent? implied? As defined on wilderness roundtable handout). Discuss the effectiveness of the style of leadership used by group members (pgs. 275-277)? Discuss power as it relates to the group (pgs. 244-246).
Conflict (9 pts.): Would you describe the climate as supportive or defensive or a mix of both? Why (identify climate behaviors as listed on roundtable #1 paper assignment)? Describe the conflict that the group experienced (substantive, affective, procedural)? How does the group manage the conflict (research the 5 conflict management styles: avoidance, accommodation, competition, compromise, and collaboration)? Explain whether groupthink affected their decision-making.
Diversity (5 pts.): Discuss the diversity of the group members (see definition below on diversity). How does diversity (or lack of) affect the group’s goal/purpose? Discuss at two ways that individual(s) in the group worked to bridge differences as provided on the list below?
Group Synergy (5 pts.): Would you say that the group in the film achieved synergy? Why or why not? In your discussion, mention a strength and a weakness of the group dynamics/interaction.
In order to write a credible paper, you must support your ideas with examples from the movie as well as information from your text and notes. Your paper must be neat, grammatically correct, and technically accurate (use MLA format if you take material directly from the text). Ten points will be deducted from your grade if you fail to meet any of the stated requirements. Your paper must be typed (single-spaced, 12 pt.).
Diversity: Human differences result in the potential for misunderstanding and miscommunication. Differences in age, cognitive style, culture, economic background, education, ethnicity, gender, physical appearance, personality, political affiliation, race, religious beliefs, and sexual orientation contribute to the challenge of communicating with others.