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In the 1995 movie Higher Learning John Singleton gives evidence to numerous sociological issues In which Singleton emphasizes that our society needs to be re-socialized so that society as a whole can overlook all of our preconceived stereotypes and norms and pass judgement on people not based on the color of their skin or beliefs As such three major and five minor sociological issues arise in the film The major sociological issue is the use of symbols Symbolic Interaction asserts that society is composed of symbols which use to establish meaning and relationships to coordinate actions and to develop a view of the world and the self Henslin p15 Singleton uses many examples of symbols throughout the film For example the statue of Columbus signifies the need for a global change in attitude Disproving the common theory that the world was flat Columbus revolutionized societys outlook on their contemporary lifestyle Singleton uses this revolutionary figure to signify that universities and other such institutions can also be used as avenues for a global mindset change by learning Another symbol used throughout the film is the act of running Malik is portrayed throughout the film as running signifying a progression from a typical gangbanger to an educated athlete Conversely periods throughout the film where Malik is off the track team or not running Singleton digresses Maliks education and reverts the character back to a hoodlum Evidence of this is when Malik is kicked off the track team and Dr Phipps informs Malik that his paper is not up to university standards Another symbol strongly used in the film is the character Deja Dejas character exemplifies tolerance and innocence lost She dedicates her efforts on studying yet manages to fulfill her role on the track team whereas Malik loses his motivation for schooling after being depicted as just a thoroughbred Deja throughout the film encourages Malik to make use of his opportunity and not to succumb to his
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