beliefs · ethnic groups · food · government W r i t i n g

beliefs · ethnic groups · food · government W r i t i n g

Cross-Cultural Field Assignment*:

This fall, you will complete an assignment that combines hands-on experiential learning and our course objective of fostering cross-cultural understanding and global citizenship. To complete this task, you will attend one local event that incorporates an experience outside of your own personal history and embodiment. Examples of events include (but not limited to): cultural festivals, public lectures, music events, and religious services.

There are three components to the project, each graded separately:

  1. Compose a 2-3 page reaction paper about your experience and the events. In the paper, discuss culture and cross-cultural interactions using our course materials.
  2. Create a PowerPoint presentation of your experience, including your photos and copies of materials you collected from the event. The PowerPoint presentation should be 5-7 slides with photos of event materials, captions, and brief descriptions.
  3. Share a 4-5 sentence summary of your experience to share with your classmates in the Discussions portal of D2L.

The paper and PowerPoint presentation are to be uploaded in the Dropbox, at Fieldwork Project Paper and Fieldwork Project PowerPoint Presentation respectively. The summary is to be posted at Fieldwork Project Summaries on the Discussion page.

Guidelines

  • Events must be at least an hour long.
  • Gather items from the event (flyers, cards, etc.)
  • Take a photo of yourself at the event. Gather other photos for your final presentation.
  • Take as many notes on as many details as you can. Notes include:
    • examples of speech/language
    • clothing
    • ways of greeting, initiating conversation, beginning and ending an event
    • body language, gestures
    • the physical environment (the room, decorations, facilities – draw maps, write descriptions)
    • any other concrete, physical detail of behavior, speech, or the environment

Please be prepared to use materials from the event (photos, flyers, etc.) for the final PowerPoint presentation.

*Alternative Covid-19 Country Profile Assignment

If the Covid-19 pandemic prohibits the types of cultural festivals, public lectures, music events, and religious services necessary for the Cross-Cultural Field Assignment outlined above, then with the prior approval of the instructor this Country Profile Assignment may be completed as an alternative.

You will develop an essay and presentation about a country of your choosing. The following countries are not available for this project: United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Japan, China, India, Egypt, Israel, Greece, New Zealand, Switzerland, Australia, and Italy. Try to choose a nation in a part of the world that you are least familiar with. There are nearly 200 options around the world!

For help getting started, visit the Global Studies Research Guide via the Walker Library Website: http://libraryguides.mtsu.edu/GlobalStudies. There is a TON of information to help you

Your assignment must include the following:

1. An introduction to the country, with background information describing (but not excluded to)

location, demographics, climate, physical landscape (important bodies of water, mountains, etc.)

2. Identify and explain aspects of the country’s culture:

·Language

·Dominant Religion(s) or Beliefs

·Ethnic groups

·Food

·Government/Politics

·Sports and Recreation

·Holidays

·Music and Entertainment

·Economics

·Others you find (please identify)

3. Identify and describe five great places to visit it this country. Identify the location of each of

the places and explain why they are good places to visit.

4. After gathering and analyzing data about your country, make and defend three inferences

about everyday life in this country.

5. Read interviews and blogs as well as YouTube videos with a person/people from this country

and/or blogs from citizens from other counties who are living there. Describe the three most

interesting things you learned from these sources.

6. Think about tourists or immigrants to the country. What should they know about the country’s

culture before visiting?

Your final submission must include the following:

1. Compose a 1000-1200 word reaction and summary paper about your research on the country you chose. In the paper, discuss culture and cross-cultural interactions using our course materials. Your answers cannot be copy/pasted from sources; you must use your own words. If you copy/paste, this is considered plagiarism and you are subjected to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy (Fieldwork Project Paper and Fieldwork Project PowerPoint Presentation respectively, and the summary is to be posted at Fieldwork Project Summaries on the Discussion page.