the course is for intercultural communication. this is the professor’s instructions:
Throughout this course, we have been discussing the complexities of cultural assumptions and judgments. For your final project, you are asked to spend some time researching a cultural practice that is unfamiliar to you. It should be a cultural practice that you judge as objectionable or difficult for you to understand. Your task will be to try to explain the practice from the perspective of those who engage in the practice.
In this course, we are attempting to recognize cultural differences and conflicts and develop our skills to overcome intercultural conflicts. We have spent some time looking at the ways cultural identities and understandings are formed. You will need to use some of these understandings in your exploration of a cultural practice when you consider its origins and purpose. You will have to select a practice that you can research from the perspective of those who engage in the practice. This is an important criteria that might eliminate some of the practices you might want to select for this assignment.
What is the history of the practice? How is the practice connected to culture and the history of that culture? What does it mean for the people who practice it? In what ways are the meanings communicated, and why? What are their reasons for engaging in this practice? What are the various symbols/elements of the practice and what is the significance of each of these elements or symbols?
You will be asked to do a personal reflection after completing the research as a part of your presentation. The goal is not to change your opinions or judgments concerning the practice. Rather the goal is to seek a deeper understanding of an unfamiliar practice that evokes a strong emotion and to consider how gaining more knowledge about it from the perspective of those who engage in it influences your understandings of cultural practices.
Added on 13.04.2016 17:22
this is the rest of the instructions.
What you submit:
The first part of this assignment will involve identifying a practice and then doing some research as to whether there are 10-15 suitable sources that will aide you in explaining the practice. During one of our class meeting, I am planning to spend some time briefly discussing each of your project ideas. Please come prepared to do this by identifying a potential idea and doing some research to see if there are a viable number of sources to research the practice.
This assignment will be presented in two forms. The first form is an annotated bibliography and the second form will be a 20-30 minute in class presentation. Purdue University offers helpful guidelines for preparing an annotated bibliography: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/01/. Please visit this website for more direction about writing an annotated bibliography.
It is important to keep in mind that the validity of what you explain in your presentation needs to be based on research. We are all capable of making assumptions about why people engage in certain practices, but it is important to go beyond what we assume and try to learn the ways the people who value the practice explain it. You will need to be transparent about your assumptions before researching the practice in your presentation and reflective about the ways the research informed your understandings.
Your presentation will take the form of a PowerPoint presentation. Keep in mind that you will need to spend some time during the presentation clearly illustrating the cultural practice you select. This should not consume the majority of your presentation time. You will need to clearly articulate the purpose and significance of the practice for those who in engage in the practice, making note of the ways cultural practices develop, and referencing what we have learned in this class. Your PowerPoint slides should be appropriately referenced, clearly noting information from your annotated bibliography. All of the sources you list in your annotated bibliography should be cited at some point during your PowerPoint presentation with documentation that follows APA style guidelines.
*** you must include this book as a part of the resources. Sorrells, Kathryn (2016). Intercultural Communication: Globalization and social Justice (2nd Edition). Sage Publications Inc.: Los Angeles (ISBN: 978-1-4522-9275-5)***