Assignment Description: Cultural Profile Project 200 points

Citations of Readings That Can Be Used For This Assignment:

It was in the back of your syllabus but here these are again:

• Samovar, L. A., & Porter, R. E. (1995). Culture: Our invisible teacher (Chapter 3).
In L. A. Porter, & R. E. Porter (Eds.), Communication between cultures (pp. 44-76). Belmont: Wadsworth.

• Hofstede, G. (1998). I, we, and they. In J.N. Martin, T.K. Nakayama, L.A. Flores (Eds.), Readings in cultural contexts (pp.345-356). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

• Chen, L. (1998). Chinese and North Americans: An epistemological exploration of intercultural communication. In J.N. Martin, T.K. Nakayama, L.A. Flores (Eds.), Readings in cultural contexts (pp. 357-369). Mountain View, CA: Mayfield.

• Daniel, J. L., & Smitherman, G. (1990). How I got over: Communication dynamics in the Black community. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.), Cultural communication and intercultural contact (pp. 27-40). Hillsdale, New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum.

• Halualani, R.T. (2006). “’This Is The Way Things Are!’: Making Sense of Gender Roles in Cultures.” In M.K. Lustig & J. Koester (Eds.), Among us: Essays on identity, belonging, and intercultural Competence (Second Edition) (pp. 104-108). Longman Publishing

GLST 187 – Dr. Halualani

Assignment Description: Cultural Profile Project 200 points

Assignment Objectives: In this assignment, the student will be able to: • explain her or his world view, belief system, and cultural patterns. • link her or his world view and cultural patterns to course readings. • present her or his “cultural” background and cultural patterns. • explain how she/he conceptualizes “culture” and how this influences and shapes her/his personal

experience and intercultural communication practices. Assignment Parameters: • Must be at least 6 typed, double spaced pages in length. • Use APA or MLA format to cite articles you discuss in this paper. • This assignment includes the following sections (in this specific order):

A) Collage: In this first section, you are to construct a creative collage that best depicts your

particular world view (how you see and live in the world; your beliefs, personal assumptions). Create an 8 1/2 x 11 page collage of photographs, drawings, artwork, magazine/newspaper clippings, and tiny objects. You can create this on your own by hand or by computer and scan it or save as an electronic doc and submit this to me. HAVE FUN WITH THIS!!!; TRY TO CREATIVELY CAPTURE YOUR WORLD VIEW IN THIS COLLAGE!!! (1 page)

You may use the following questions to guide you in capturing your particular world view. You should go far beyond these questions!!

*How would you describe who you are? *What do you believe in? What values do you hold dear to your heart? *From where did these beliefs and values derive? *To what extent, do your beliefs converge/diverge from those of your family? *How do you see the world? What counts as truth? How do you view human

nature? Do social actors have free will or is their behavior determined for them?

*What is your mindset towards living? *What is “culture” to you? Give reasons for such a conceptualization. *Add more of your own questions!! * *

B) Giving a “Tour” of Your Collage: Next, in essay format, explain exactly how your collage symbolizes your world view. Explicitly spell out how your world view is demonstrated via the collage. (1 page)

C) World View, Cultural Patterns, and Communication: (at least 3 pages)

1) For this section, keep in mind our discussions on cultural patterns. Describe and explain the cultural patterns that inform your experiences (e.g., individualism- collectivism, high context-low context, high uncertainty avoidance-low uncertainty avoidance, masculinity-femininity, and others). Answer the following questions:

• Which cultural patterns seem to operate in your life? (If a combination of cultural

patterns seems appropriate, explain why. If you feel a cultural pattern, one that

has not been discussed in class, relates to your experience, explain why.) Provide examples and explain. Refer to and discuss course concepts and readings in your explanation.

• Which values, beliefs, and overall world view do these cultural patterns reflect?

Provide examples and explain. Integrate course concepts and readings. • How do these cultural patterns influence the way in which you communicate with

others? Provide examples and explain. Refer to and discuss course concepts and readings in your explanation.

• To what extent are these cultural patterns fixed norms of behavior? Do these

patterns always dictate the ways in which you relate to and communicate with others? Explain and give examples. Engage the debate over whether these cultural patterns are deterministic or flexible enough to change and adapt given certain situations and contexts. Provide and justify your viewpoint. Present a compelling argument using evidence from course discussions and readings.

D) Comparing Your Cultural Experience to a Course Reading: (at least 1-2 pages) 1) Now, compare and contrast your own “cultural background” and world view to one (1) of the

course readings specified in the “The Deep Structure of Culture: Key Elements of Intercultural Communication; Building Blocks and Cultural Patterns” unit (you may choose one that resembles your beliefs OR one that radically diverges from your beliefs. Your selection does not have to be one of the two you analyzed in above section.) [Describe and deeply analyze. Give examples. Incorporate course concepts to support your discussion (meaning, some of the general course concepts from M & N, Chapters 1, 2, 3, and Samovar and Porter readings).]

2) In doing so, answer these questions:

• How similar or different is your world view from that of your selected reading? • What are the similarities and differences between the cultural patterns that operate in

your life and the patterns in your selected reading? • What are the similarities and differences in how “culture” and “communication” are

conceptualized between your case and the selected reading? Give examples. • Reflect back to our discussion on theories of world view, culture, and

communication. Argue how you see the relationship between world view, culture, and communication. Outline your own theory of culture and communication based on your personal experiences, observations, and knowledge. Argue these conclusions with supporting examples, course concepts, and well-thought out analyses.

My Criteria: In addition to the grading sheet, below is a list of what I am looking for in this assignment:

*Creativity: Display of great creativity in visually representing your world view. Go All Out; Have Fun!! *Description: Elaborate, particularized description of your particular world view and how it is captured in your collage. Needs a full description of your own “culture/cultural background.” Be as specific/vivid as possible.

*Analysis: Thorough and thought-provoking analysis of a) your world view and the cultural patterns that guide your communication experiences, b) how your case compares to that of a selected reading in terms of world view, culture, and communication, c) how you explain the relationship between your world view and culture; the relationship between your world view and how you define “culture,”; the relationship between world view and intercultural communication, and your conclusions on how world view, culture, and communication all mesh together. Deep analysis should a) incorporate and discuss course concepts/readings/exercises in relation to the notions of world view, culture, and communication and b) continually answer the How (i.e., How concepts are related to one another?) and Why (i.e., What are the reasons for this ____?) in this assignment. *Going Beyond The Surface: Moving beyond just cutting and pasting concepts onto your encounter to thoroughly examining the assumptions behind concepts/statements (exploring the hidden, deeper, and complex issues). Create unique arguments (ones not merely offered in class or the readings) that display how you have independently re-thought this material. *See the enclosed grading sheet!

GLST 187 – Dr. Halualani

Grading Sheet — Cultural Profile Essay Assignment

200 points Name: Grade: Collage/ Giving a “Tour” of Your Collage: Constructs an 8 1/2 x 11″ creative collage? Explains in detail how her/his collage symbolizes her/his world view? (35 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___constructing a creative collage of your world view. ___providing a vivid, full description of your world view. ___providing an insightful discussion of your world view.

World View, Cultural Patterns, and Communication: Thoughtfully analyzes the cultural patterns that inform her or his experience? (45 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___carefully applying the cultural patterns to your experience. ___thoughtfully analyzing the cultural patterns. ___insightfully answering the delineated questions.

Comparing Your Own Case to a Reading: Thoughtfully compares and contrasts own wv and cultural patterns to a listed reading in terms of delineated questions? (45 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___thoughtfully comparing a course reading to your experience in terms of both the similarities and differences.

___insightfully answering the delineated questions. Overall Parameters: The degree to which you connect your analysis and examples to course concepts/readings/exercises (and the extent to which you connect to other readings/concepts besides the one selected for comparison). (25 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___applying additional course concepts and readings to your material for support. ___skillfully discussing the concepts in relation to your analysis.

The extent to which you provide arguments, take stands, and answer the questions “How?” and “Why?” in your essay. (15 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___presenting cogent arguments. ___making connections between ideas and concepts.

The extent to which you go beyond the surface(s) of ideas and discuss/critically analyze & evaluate the assumptions that drive your statements/class concepts and the implications of those statements/class concepts. (25 points)

___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on: ___analyzing the hidden issues and assumptions. ___going beyond the obvious or regurgitating notes. ___presenting your own unique insight on issues.

Paper utilizes proper referencing format, grammar, spelling, and sentence structure. (10 pts) ___Outstanding work on: ___Average work on: ___Need work on:

___sentence structure/constructions ___grammar ___spelling and punctuation ___paragraph structure

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