At a Glance

Discipline

  • Social Sciences

Instructional Level

  • College & CEGEP

Course

  • Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology

Tasks in Workflow

Social Plane(s)

  • Individual
  • Group
  • Whole Class

Type of Tasks

  • Collecting & seeking information
  • Discussing
  • Solving problems
  • Writing

Technical Details

Class size

  • Small (20-49)

Time

Multiple class periods (2-3 classes)

Purpose

  • Application & practice

Overview

In this activity, students are asked to analyze 5 characters from a film watched in class in order to diagnose them using the techniques learned over the course of the semester.

In class, the instructor hands out the list of 6 questions to the students and shows the film. Throughout the film, the instructor stops the film periodically to point out important passages and highlight certain features that will be relevant for their analysis. After the film is over, they discuss the film and begin to analyze the characters together (beginning with the 4 D’s). Students have the option of working in ...

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In this activity, students are asked to analyze 5 characters from a film watched in class in order to diagnose them using the techniques learned over the course of the semester.

In class, the instructor hands out the list of 6 questions to the students and shows the film. Throughout the film, the instructor stops the film periodically to point out important passages and highlight certain features that will be relevant for their analysis. After the film is over, they discuss the film and begin to analyze the characters together (beginning with the 4 D’s). Students have the option of working in smaller groups to discuss the questions more specifically and by the end of the class, each student has compiled notes on the film and the discussion which will be handed in with the final paper at the end. At home, the students formally answer the questions in an essay format and can consult their textbooks for research or their teacher during class time which is set aside for that purpose.

Finally, the instructor collects their essays after two weeks along with their film notes and assigns a grade for the summative assessment.

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Summative Assessment: My Diagnosis Assignment

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Contributor's Notes

Benefits

  • Diagnosing mental illness confronts students with the differences between being unwell and being abnormal (ie. someone being abnormal does not equate to them being unwell)
  • Students broaden their perspectives and become less judgmental towards people who do not fit their views of normal
  • This activity prepares students to look at formative feature to illnesses

Challenges

  • It is occasionally a challenge to identify what is important information instead of superficial information
  • Instructors have to be very clear when introducing the activity as students can get lost in all of the steps in a longer term assignment

Tips

  • It helps to have students analyze the beginning of the film together
  • It often helps to send the students the grading rubric so that they know that they are staying on track as they work on their assignments
  • Limiting the number of pages that the students submit helps them focus on the necessary information
  • Limiting the amount of pages and sources students are allowed to consult forces them to analyze without getting too overwhelmed by an overload of information

Applied Strategies

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    Problem-Based Learning

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