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Assignment One:

Applying the Bio-Psycho-Social Plus [B PS+] Model


The main purpose of the assignment is to give students an opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the bio-psycho-social plus [BPS+] model by applying it to a piece of contemporary media. The focus of this assignment is addiction to a substance: eg. alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, another drug. Your assignment needs to address the biological/physiological, social, psychological, cultural and/or historical aspects of addiction as they appear in the subject material you have chosen. Focus your analysis on the BPS+ model!


From the list below, select your media piece [film, book, television show or series]. If you have an idea other than on the list, please email me

well in advance for approval.

Provide an introduction and a brief and concise summary of the film/show/series [3 marks]
Clearly define and explain the BPS+ model of addiction [15 marks]
Analyze the media piece you are using through each aspect of the BPS+ model and by drawing on all of the relevant materials from the course [readings, videos, posted material etc.] [15 marks]
Conclude your report with a statement of your takeaway learning [2 marks]
Do not spend all your effort on a mere summary of the book/film/show you are exploring. Do that briefly – no more than half a page. Reserve most of the space for demonstrating your understanding of the BPS+ model through your analysis.  



Options for media selection:

A Star is Born Leaving Las Vegas Flight

28 Days

Walk the Line

The Spectacular Now

When a Man Loves a Woman Devdas

The Glass Castle Shameless

Mad Men This is Us

Grey’s Anatomy Queen’s Gambit Indian Horse


The Details:


  • The 7-9 page assignment is worth 35% of the course
  • Pages should be
  • Use double-spacing between
  • Use one-inch page margins
  • Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman
  • References should be in APA
  • There should be a title page with:
    • Your name
    • Student number
    • Date of submission,
    • Instructor’s name
    • Course name and number
    • The title of the paper

Remember: The title page and references do not count in the page limit.

  • You may use headings.
  • You may use first person [i.e. I/my]
  • The assignment will be submitted through Turnitin
  • A late penalty of two marks per day will be applied unless an extension is granted

prior to the due date.

o   Please use only the course resources for your research, no outside sources!


Marks will be awarded for:

  • How well you research the topic integrating the course texts and resources,
  • How clearly you are able to articulate your understanding of the BPS+ model
  • How effectively you analyse and comment on the addiction issues present in your chosen media piece and
  • How clearly you organize and communicate your ideas in


o Since this is an academic assignment, and not just an ‘opinion piece,’ it is essential to cite your sources in the body of the paper in APA format; also, be sure to provide a bibliography or list of references at the end of the report. Remember if you are using the work and/or ideas of others, it is crucial to cite your sources! A good tip is to ask yourself ‘how do I know this to be true?’ and then cite your source. Pease use only the course resources for your research, no outside sources!


SG 2021

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