The purpose of this assignment is for you to critically analyze your own conflict, applying theories and course concepts to explain it. One of the best ways to learn about communication is to videotape an interaction and analyze it. That is exactly what you will do in this project. You should choose one person with whom you would like to analyze an interaction. This person should be someone close to you, such as a friend, roommate, sibling, parent, or significant other (e.g., boyfriend/girlfriend, marital partner). You should then videotape yourselves in the privacy of your own dorm/apartment/home with your own camera (via a video recording device of some sort like a video camera, cell phone, laptop that video records, etc…). Alternatively, there are video cameras you can check out on campus. You will each (separately) write down two topics that you disagree about or that are a source of conflict in your relationship (or are a potential source of conflict). You should then discuss TWO of these topics with one another (across your lists), talking about how you feel about the topic and why you think you disagree. You may then go on to talk about how you typically manage conflict or could manage conflict surrounding these topics. Remember that what transpires in this conversation is confidential between the two of you (and me or the TA, given that one of us will be grading the paper and viewing the videotape). After the interaction is over, you should talk about what transpired with one another and how you communicated (verbally and nonverbally) during the interaction and what you liked/would like to change about the way you manage conflict. Finally, you will be responsible for writing a 7 page analysis of your interaction, applying course concepts and theories, and outside scholarly articles, to explain it. If you feel very uncomfortable being one of the people engaging in the interaction (but remember that it could be an indication of your own avoidance tendencies), you can observe and videotape two other people besides yourself. However, please use the analysis of other people as a last resort (because you probably won’t learn as much from it). You should turn in a copy of the videotaped interaction with your final paper.
Your paper should include the following:
(1) The purpose/thesis of your paper
(2) Somewhere in the front part of your essay you should mention the sources of conflict or the
topics that you discussed.
(3) A preview of how your paper will progress (usually at the end of the first paragraph)
(4) Strong integration/application of course concepts and theory, and outside scholarly articles, throughout your paper
(5) Critical thinking is clearly evidence—insightful connections are advanced
(6) It is evident what you learned from this assignment—what you learned about your own conflict patterns and those of your partner (and the combination of them) and where they come from
(7) A reference page for any and all citations
Additional information (also refer to the grading checklist for this assign.):
(1) The essay must be typed and look professional.
(2) Approximate length: 7 pages (1″ margins/12 font)
(3) You must apply the course readings/texts as well as a minimum of 7 outside (in addition to course material), scholarly sources for this assignment. Use proper APA 6th edition (American Psychological Association) format for citations.
(4) The overall organizational pattern of your paper should be obvious, logical, and clearly move from point to point. Be sure there is a clear introduction, these sentence, preview, body points, and conclusion which includes a summary of main points. Also be sure to use transitions.
(5) You must explain and justify your answers.
(6) Proofread your paper. Points will be taken off for grammatical and spelling errors. Also remember to number and staple your pages.
Conflict Observation Project Guidelines
TOTAL POINTS: 150
INTRODUCTION (20 points):
____ Introduction captures interest and attention. (5)
____ The general-to-specific writing technique is employed. (2)
____ The thesis statement and preview are clearly written and identifiable. (13)
BODY (90 points):
____ Clear organizational framework is used. (10)
____ Class material and outside scholarly sources are used to support your arguments (variety of sources and depth of the links made between sources and analysis of interaction). (25)
____ Ideas are well developed and supported in both thought and amount. (25)
____ Critical thinking is evident in the depth of analysis (esp. in analyzing patterns and applying outside scholarly sources to one’s own conflict/partner’s conflict patterns….and their origins). (25)
____ Transitions from one part to another are used to increase ease of reading. (5)
CONCLUSION (15 points):
____ Transition to conclusion is clearly identifiable. (3)
____ Summary of the main points of the paper are clear. (5)
____ The specific-to-general writing technique is used, leaving the reader with a sense of closure. (3)
____ Creativity in conclusion. (4)
MISC. (25 points):
____ Follows guidelines for assigned length, font, margins, professionalism. (3)
____ Instructions for interaction and videotape are followed. (2)
____ Proper APA format is used for all references. (3)
____ Correct use of spelling and grammar. (5)
____ Vivid, clear writing style (12)
video which the paper need to analyze, link: https://youtu.be/ly3KY9qnqSQ
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