A 2 page paper that offers students the opportunity to provide a critical analysis of a movie depicting drug use, distribution, or other drug-related issues. Students will apply course material in their analysis of the movie.
Traffic (2000) – R
Neurons to Nirvana (2013) – NR [documentary]
American Violet (2008) – PG-13
Synopsis of the film and substance use in historical context
Provide a brief synopsis of the plot (if drama) or major arguments (if documentary) of the film and discuss historical issues related to substance use that intersect with the film’s plot or major arguments.
Perspectives of SUD discussed or displayed
Discuss how substance use was portrayed in the film and what theories on substance use (e.g. disease model, moral-legal model, self-medication, etc.) were displayed in the film. Be sure to thoroughly explain the theory and give examples of how that relates to the film.
Policy issues highlighted
Discuss legal/policy issues related to the substance portrayed in the film, such as criminalization/legalization, drug enforcement agencies, and/or prevention, etc.
APA Style and Spelling/Grammar
Ensure the paper complies with the minimum standards of APA Style identified in the course syllabus (see Course Policies II. Writing Assignments B. Minimum Standards of APA Style).
Grading Rubric Points
Synopsis/historical context 5
Policy issues 5
APA Style and Spelling/Grammar 5
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