Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Two films I chose is : Central park 5 and moonlight ( both racially profile , racism)

Documentary Critical Analysis


  • Select two films from the list of what was generated by the class.
  • Use the Narrative Power Media Analysis Tool to do an initial analysis of each film. Include both as an additional attachment.
  • Explore the person-in-environment dimensions represented in the film.
    • See chart labeled Exhibit 1.2 Definitions and Examples of Dimensions of Person, Environment, and Time.
      •  Select dimensions of the person and environment that are key to understanding the issue in your film and the role of power. 
        • For example. In the film What the Health? a dimension of the environment that is prominent is a food-based corporation. A dimension of the person that is important is the biological. In this film, corporations held power over individuals by controlling choices of products.
    • See chart labeled Exhibit 1.4 Common Mechanisms of Oppression.
      • Using this chart and the Narrative Power Media Analysis, describe how macro and meso-level factors impacted micro-level wellbeing. Explore how micro-level factors also influenced the environment.
        • For example, in the film, Whose Streets? macro-level factors could be the policies enacted at the federal/state levels. Mezzo-level factors could be the organizations that participated in the social movements. Micro-level choices, such as attending a protest, had impact upon national discourses about policing.
  • Theory
    • See chart labeled Exhibit 2.9 Big Ideas of Eight Theoretical Perspectives.
    • Select one –two theories that can help you make sense of one of the core issues in the film.  Briefly explain why you chose the theory/theories.
  • Application: Briefly note how this film could inform your social work practice.

Expectations for Grade:

  • Followed instructions for electronic submission (labeling the file).
    • Label the file: First initial, last name, name of of submission. Example: A. Ortega-Williams.Film Upload to BB by 5pm.
  • Used APA style. Have a reference page, make internal citations. No cover page needed, just a header and page numbers. Well edited for spelling and grammar. See for help with APA.
  • Integrated readings (charts specified above or additional ones).
  • Demonstrated a critical analysis of a social issue and related it back to social work practice.

Example Paper Outline: Five Pages (Don’t forget to add an APA formatted reference page).

  • Intro (1 page):
    • Introduce your films
      • State the core issue that each film covers (about individual/collective wellbeing in the environment).
        • For example, in What the Health?, the core issue could be corporations promote foods for profit (environment) that negatively impact physical health (individual/collective wellbeing).
      • State why this issue should matter to social workers.
        • For example, “this issue matters to social workers because dishonest corporate practices that cause harm is unethical.”
    • Say what you will do in the paper.
      • Identify what theory you will use to analyze the core issue in the films.
      • State if you are going to compare or contrast the films or review individually.
      • State any core “claims” or themes that you will explore about the core issues in the film.
      • Connect your paper back to social work/HBSE course
        • For example, “In this paper, conflict theory will be used to analyze the relationship of corporate dishonesty and physical health. Examples from the film What the Health? and Sicko will be used to demonstrate three themes that were demonstrated in both films: 1) maximum profit over human need creates health risks, 2) impact of misinformation on consumption, and 3) power of community alternatives. Implications for social work practice with families will be presented.
  • Film analysis (3 pages): Based on the core themes related to the issue.
  • Implications for social work practice (1 page)
    • Discuss how a transformed approach to this issue at the macro- or meso-level could make a difference in individual/community well-being.
      • For example, reference an individual or group’s experience and/or a statistic and imagine or show evidence of what else could be possible. For example, tell the story of a person that had a dramatic reduction in symptoms of diabetes because they had a diet shift or share statistics from a group that eats minimally processed healthy food that illustrates how a difference could be made.
  • Conclusion (1 page):
    • Really highlight the key conclusion you are reaching based on your argument.
      • For example, recap key themes.
      • Explain why a new analysis matters for this issue. Convince your audience.
      • Identify ways to further this inquiry in the future
      • Close