20th Century

For the Unit 9 Assignment, you will review news footage to analyze a
social movement that took place in the 20th Century. You will then apply
the major sociological perspective that your studies this term suggest
offers the best explanation for the behaviors of this organized social

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Assignment Directions

Step 1. Research: First, do a bit of research to learn about
the major social movements of the 20th Century. Choose a movement that
interests you, and then conduct an internet search to find news footage
related to the actions of that movement. For example, if you decided to
do your research on the 1960s anti-war movement, you might conduct a
search using the terms “

Step 2. Essay: After you have found a video that shows a 20th
Century social movement in action, use it as the basis for a 350-500
word essay as outlined below. Use APA formatted citation referencing to
give credit to the source of all material used in this paper, including
the news footage video. Include separate title and reference pages.

Introduction: Include a thesis statement and an overview of
what the paper will be about. Identify and describe the 20th Century
social movement that will be analyzed. Introduce the video footage that
will be analyzed (i.e. the analysis will be based on a 1967 CBS news
report of a protest in Washington, D.C.).

Body of the Essay

Paragraph 1: Describe in detail what is happening in the film, being sure to cover who, what, when, and where the event is happening.

Paragraph 2: Identify the type of social movement that is
feature in the video. Give a referenced definition of this type of
social movement. Define the tactic, or tactics, being used by the
members of the movement in the news footage, and give at least two
examples of these tactics.

Paragraph 3: Suggest which major sociological theory explains
the behavior of the members of this organized social movement during the
event you analyzed in the previous two paragraphs. Explain in detail
why the theory you have proposed best explains the behaviors of the

Summary and Conclusion (A single paragraph): Restate the main
points of the essay. Conclude with a short statement about why you think
you would, or would not, have joined the movement that you analyzed if
you had known about it during its active stages.

Submit your completed Assignment to the Unit 9 Assignment 2 Dropbox by the end of the unit.