Research Assignment Considering Other Cultures

This assignment requires each student to analyze and apply sociological concepts to an article, of their choosing, related to a culture that they identify as different from their own. Students can select the article from the suggested sources listed below or other reputable sources. Do not use propaganda-based sources for information.Consider the questions listed below as you complete your research assignment. Also read the requirements below carefully related to formatting, etc.

 

Note: Make sure to choose an article that is sufficient enough in length and information for you to complete this assignment in its entirety.

 

The chart below provides you with a rubric of how the papers will be graded. There are 20 points possible for this assignment. Use this rubric as a guide as you construct your paper.

 

Remember that this is NOT a personal opinion paper, but rather a research assignment. Papers should outline how the culture discussed in the article relates to the student’s culture, and tenants are central to the culture within the article.

 

Answer the following questions as your write and use them to guide your discussion of your article. You do not have to write solely about these questions, but make sure you answer these questions thoroughly:

 

Questions:

 

  1. What culture is exemplified in the article? Describe it. Who are those that live within the bounds of this culture – those of a particular religion, race, and geographic territory?
  2. How does this culture compare to your own? Explain your own and then explain the differences. Do the differences overwhelm you or they more subtle? Explain.
  3. Read (or re-read) in your text book about norms. What might be some norms within this culture that might seem unusual outside of this culture?
  4. What sociological terms that we have already learned this semester are most applicable to what you read and your own consideration of this article? How might you apply them?

 

Guidelines:

Each assignment is to be computer-generated and typed. You should use common writing standards. If you do not have access to a typewriter or computer please talk to the instructor immediately. MTC provides access to several computer labs free of charge. Each research assignment should be between 2-3 pages (double spaced – 12 pt. font) with one inch margins on all sides, Times New Roman font. These assignments will be accepted late; however, the paper’s grade will be penalized 10 points (which is 1 letter grade) for each day after the original due date of the assignment (note: these are calendar days, not class days). Your final assignment should be uploaded onto the appropriate D2L Dropbox no later than 6pm (class time) on the due date.

 

Grading Rubric:

 

Points: 4 3 2 1
Amount of Information All topics are addressed and all questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each. All topics are addressed and most questions answered with at least 2 sentences about each. All topics are addressed, and most questions answered with 1 sentence about each. One or more topics were not addressed.
Quality of Information Information clearly relates to the main topic. It includes several supporting details and/or examples. Information clearly relates to the main topic. It provides 1-2 supporting details and/or examples. Information clearly relates to the main topic. No details and/or examples are given. Information has little or nothing to do with the main topic.
Organization Information is very organized with well-constructed paragraphs and subheadings. Information is organized with well-constructed paragraphs. Information is organized, but paragraphs are not well-constructed. The information appears to be disorganized.
Sociological Application At least three (3) sociological terms applied effectively. Two (2) sociological terms applied effectively. One (1) sociological term applied effectively. No terms applied effectively or terms used inappropriately.
Accuracy of Information Information used (both sociological and from media) was accurate. Information used (both sociological and from media) was accurate, with slight exception. Information used (both sociological and from media) had several inaccuracies. Information used (both sociological and from media) was somewhat inaccurate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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