Applying the Bio-Psycho-Social Plus ( BPS+ ) Model


SOWK2020 Winter 2023 Assignment One: Applying the Bio-Psycho-Social Plus ( BPS+ ) Model Purpose: 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 spiritual aspects of addiction as they appear in the subject material you have chosen. Focus your analysis on the BPS+ model!

Task: 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.

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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 how your perspective on addiction has shifted through your research and writing this report.

(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 Beautiful Boy Other as approved in advance




The Details:

o The 7-9 page assignment is worth 35% of the course mark. o Pages should be numbered. o Use double-spacing between lines. o Use one-inch page margins o Use 12-point Arial or Times New Roman font. o References should be in APA style. o 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.

o You may use headings. o You may use first person (i.e. I/my) o The assignment will be submitted through Turnitin o 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: 1) How well you research the topic integrating the course texts and resources, 2) How clearly you are able to articulate your understanding of the BPS+ model 3) How effectively you analyse and comment on the addiction issues present in your

chosen media piece and 4) How clearly you organize and communicate your ideas in writing.

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!

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