essay of sex relationships and communication

COMM 1131, Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Short paper assignment
200 points
In a short paper (5-ish pages plus a “References” page), you will illustrate two course concepts using two different clips. The
clips must be shorter than three minutes and must be from TV shows or movies – i.e., no videos from social media.
Some of the material we’ve covered in class involves “big” concepts with multiple components. Please do not focus on the
“big” concept. Rather, focus on one component (e.g., the relationship frame from the Communication Theory of Identity). If
you have questions about whether a concept may be too broad, please email me before delving into the assignment.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn more about class concepts that you find particularly interesting. This
means that you will need to present information in your paper about the concepts you’ve chosen that goes beyond what was
covered in the lectures and in your textbook. To that end, you will cite at least four scholarly sources (two for each concept;
scholarly sources are books or academic journal articles) that help you expand your knowledge about the concepts you’ve
chosen. You are encouraged to use your textbook, but it will not count as one of your four required sources. You will cite
your sources in APA style.
This is how your paper should be organized:
1. Brief introduction that states the concepts you have chosen and the clips you will apply them to.
2. Explanation of concept #1 (two to three paragraphs)
I. Explain terminology from the concept, discuss what the concept attempts to explain or predict, elucidate how
the concept is useful in analyzing interpersonal relationships.
a. Cite at least 2 sources throughout explanation
3. Brief overview of the clip you have selected (one paragraph)
I. Context in which clip occurs
II. Introduction of characters involved in clip
4. Connection of concept to clip (about two paragraphs)
I. How does the clip you’ve selected illustrate the concept you’ve selected? Be specific. Make connections to what
you previously discussed.
II. Use terminology from the concept
III. Provide a link to the clip (no longer than three minutes)
5. Explanation of concept #2 (two to three paragraphs)
I. Explain terminology from the concept, discuss what the concept attempts to explain or predict, elucidate how
the concept is useful in analyzing interpersonal relationships
a. Cite at least 2 sources throughout explanation
6. Brief overview of the clip you have selected (one paragraph)
I. Context in which clip occurs
II. Introduction of characters involved in clip
7. Connection of concept to clip (about two paragraphs)
I. How does the clip you’ve selected illustrate the concept you’ve selected? How does the clip you’ve selected
illustrate the concept you’ve selected? Be specific. Make connections to what you previously discussed.
II. Use terminology from the concept
III. Provide a link to the clip (no longer than three minutes)
7. Brief conclusion
8. Works cited page in APA style
Times New Roman font. 12-point size. One-inch margins. Double-spaced. No cover page or abstract needed.
F.A.Q
Q: Where do I find clips?
A: YouTube is a great place to start. Again, please make sure clips are from TV shows or movies.
Q:I don’t know APA style. What do I do?
A: If you google “APA style” you will find a variety of resources. Here’s a good one:
https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Q: Where do I find scholarly sources?
A: A good resource is the “Communications and Mass Media Complete” database, which can be found on our library’s
website: (http://library.northeastern.edu/research/resources/a-to-z-index#C). Scroll to find it.
Another is “Academic Search Premier,” which is also on our library’s website:
(http://library.northeastern.edu/research/resources/a-to-z-index#A). Scroll to find it.
Yet another is Google Scholar (http://library.northeastern.edu/research/resources/a-to-z-index#G) Scroll to find it.
Q: What are some examples of concepts I could use?
A: You can use any concept from that is not overly broad (another example: don’t use “non-verbal communication” as a
concept – focus on one element of non-verbal communication, like haptics). Consult your book and notes.
Q: How will you assess this assignment?
A: See the rubric. I will evaluate the degree to which the explanations of your concepts are complete and correct; the degree
to which you use your scholarly sources effectively and consistently; the degree to which you explain your clips; and the
degree to which you correctly, comprehensively, and convincingly connect your concepts to your clips. I will also be looking
for clear and effective writing, proper citations, and a correct works cited page.
Q. What is the biggest issue you see from one semester to the next on this assignment?
A: Two things actually. First, students are often too reliant on quotes. Please don’t just put quote after quote in the paper. To
demonstrate your understanding of the content, you should use your own words throughout the paper and paraphrase
effectively (i.e., copying another’s sentence verbatim except for swapping out a single word isn’t sufficient) Write as if you
were explaining the concepts and ideas to a friend.
The second issue I often see is students not providing sources. It should be clear where ALL the conceptual information in
your paper came from. Please don’t submit paragraph after paragraph without a single citation. Most (if not all) of your
citations will be in your concept explanations.
What Not To Do
People are usually attracted to romantic partners who they perceive as having socially desirable traits like physical beauty,
intelligence, and kindness. However, research suggests that the very traits that lead an individual to form a relationship with
someone may ultimately be what leads that relationship to dissolve. For example, someone may initially be drawn to a
romantic partner because of their sense of humor; however, if they later believe that their partner can never be serious, they
may perceive the relationship as unsalvageable. Fatal attraction may also occur in married couples, as research shows couples
in marriage therapy often identify initial qualities in a partner as sources of current relational problems.
What To Do
People are usually attracted to romantic partners who they perceive as having socially desirable traits like physical beauty,
intelligence, and kindness (Femlee, 1995). However, research suggests that the very traits that lead an individual to form a
relationship with someone may ultimately be what leads that relationship to dissolve (Femlee, 1995). For example, someone
may initially be drawn to a romantic partner because of their sense of humor; however, if they later believe that their partner
can never be serious, they may perceive the relationship as unsalvageable (Guerrero, Anderson, & Afifi, 2017). Fatal
attraction may also occur in married couples, as research shows couples in marriage therapy often identify initial qualities in a
partner as sources of current relational problems (Pines, 1997).

 
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