This course is dependent upon the exchange of ideas and experience and peer critique. Therefore, your participation and positive citizenship in this course is fully expected. Each week will have multiple discussion topics/questions to answer. Each Discussion assignment is worth 10 points.
Discussion topics will become available Monday and all work must be completed by Saturday. An original response to each discussion prompt is due by 11:59 pm CT Wednesday. To or more additional responses to other student initial posts within each discussion topic are required by 11:59 pm CT Saturday. Each discussion will be graded on the initial response, support of argument, style, and use of MLA, and the quality of the interaction with classmates. No late Discussion posts will be accepted.
This course touches on some very sensitive issues. Please be respectful of your classmates and instructor. A grading rubric will be provided.
Ethnographic Research Paper
Using 30 Days as your inspiration, you will have the opportunity to participate in 24 hours of intercultural participation and write about your experiences, through a daylong ethnographic experiment. When I use the word “inspiration” I mean just that. You’re not obligated to recreate the “Binge-Drinking Mom” (S1, Ep. 6) episode, for example. But you may find yourself intrigued by the “Animal Rights” episode (S3, Ep. 3) and eat as a Vegan for a day. Coming from the Greek ethnos meaning “nations” and graphia meaning “writing”, ethnography is a course of study where one learns about other cultures, by observation and, often, participation. The goal of your ethnographic experience is to engage in embodied learning. As you’ve seen in 30 Days, the participants learn the most through their embodied, lived experiences with others from another culture.
Choose a 30 Days episode we’ve not previously used or will use in our class discussions, and use that episode as the basis for your ethnographic research. Participate in a culture that you do not identify with, for a 24-hour period. In an 8-10 page paper, describe your experience, relate it to the episode, and link it to our study of intercultural communication through a well-versed discussion of class concepts. You are required to use five (5) outside sources in this paper. This paper is due the Saturday of the sixth week. To engage ethnographically and write your paper, you will need to ensure that you allow yourself plenty of time to reflect and engage with the culture you’re exploring. The goal of this assignment is to have you ‘dive in’ to the material we’re studying, not ‘swim around’ it.
Please note: The goal of the assignment is for you to be a participant-observer in your research. To that end, your role is not to create disturbances or to stay in an environment where you feel unsafe.
The Columbia College Library has a bevy of electronic research databases that can help you in your research. Only documents saved as doc, .docx, or .pdf are acceptable. Other formats will not be graded. All writing you submit in this class will be your own and original to this class. If you use other sources than your own writing, you will clearly notate them and document them in parenthetical citation according to MLA style guidelines.
Your Ethnographic Research Paper will be due at 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 6 and is worth 100 points.
You will record an 8-10 minute video speech of an informative exploration of a country of your choosing (excluding the United States of America). Presentations should follow a standard format and include all elements of an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Your research and presentation should focus on the deep structural elements of culture in your chosen country, as described by the text (family, religion, state). Your research will require collection of appropriate sources that will help inform your presentation. In addition to the text a minimum of four (4) sources should be orally cited in the body of your speech.
As in any public presentation, you should be dressed appropriately and stand in front of your audience (me and your camera). You should be speaking from appropriate, hand-held notes, not a computer screen or poster boards in the background.
To complete this particular assignment, you will need to record your speech using some sort of recording device. You will also need a video player installed on your computer to view your recorded speech, and the ability to upload that speech to YouTube. Specific resources to aid in this project are available in the Content area of the course.
Your Public Speech Presentation will be due at 11:59 pm CT Wednesday of Week 8. It is worth 100 points.
The Midterm and Final Exams (both proctored) will test knowledge gained from the assigned text and required supplemental resources in the course. They are worth 150 points each and will be comprised of 75 multiple-choice questions worth 2 points each. There will be a 2 hour time limit (with a 5 minute grace period) to take these exams.
The Midterm Exam will cover chapters 1-5 and the required supplemental resources. It will be available beginning 12:01 am CT Tuesday until 11:59 pm CT Sunday of Week 4.
The Final Exam will cover chapters 6-10 and the required supplemental resources. It will be available beginning 12:01 am CT Tuesday until 11:59 pm CT Saturday of Week 8.
Because these exams are proctored, no books or notes are allowed while taking the exams. Additionally, the use of flash drives and outside websites is not allowed. Late Midterm and Final Exams will not be accepted.