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COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 1 Assignment

Study of Local Demographics for Cultural Differences

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After reviewing the assigned readings for this topic, research other timely sites that give thorough demographic or census information. Choose an area that interests you, maybe the city or zip code where you live, and research the demographics of the area using relevant and timely sources.

Identify the varieties of national heritage, language spoken at home, socioeconomic level, educational level, family size, and religion that are represented in the area you are researching.

For this assignment, write a two-part essay (750-1,000 words) explaining the demographics of this area and the intercultural communication implications they demonstrate.

Part 1-The first section of the essay should attentively describe the demographics in specific detail.

Part 2- The second section should comprehensively explain the implications based on the readings in the textbook and the observations in the research.

Finally, thoughtfully respond to what you have discovered from the readings:

How did you respond to the results?

What are some of the possible intercultural communication opportunities locally?

Do you need to learn more about the people in your area or the language they speak in order to communicate with them?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignment 1

Collaborative Learning Community: Culture, History, and Identity Comparison

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This is a CLC assignment.

In your group choose which movie you will watch from among the following: The Joy Luck Club, Witness, The Color Purple, Spanglish, or The Rabbit-Proof Fence. Group members should agree on a movie that is new to the whole group. Copies can be found at a public library or video rental store.

Watch the movie to find distinct examples of answers to the following question: How is communication influenced by culture, history, and identity? Observe the characters in the story to determine what contributes to the way they communicate. After you have watched the movie, work with your group to answer the questions.

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation to show your learning. You should use at least 10 slides, including a title page with group members’ names. Each main point should be presented on its own slide with supporting evidence. Include a conclusion slide and a reference slide. Limit the number of images to four.

Make it fun but informative, showing depth of thought and critical thinking.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 2 Assignment 2

Personal Worldview and Its Effect on Intercultural Communication

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Study “The Blind Men and the Elephant” and “What is a Christian Worldview?” articles.

Refer to “Demonstration Test Protocols.”

Complete at least two demonstration tests on the website:

http://www.tolerance.org/supplement/test-yourself-hidden-bias and consider how your outlook on life is affected by your personal lens.

For this assignment, write a two-part (500–750 words) reflective essay about your worldview and how it affects your intercultural communication. Thoughtfully address how you can learn more about yourself and others in order to be an effective communicator.

Part 1- In the first section, attentively describe how you answered the questions that clarify a person’s worldview found in “What is a Christian Worldview?”. Answer the questions in depth.

Part 2- In the second section, thoughtfully reflect on how you think your worldview has, does, or may affect your intercultural communication by considering the following:

  1. Discuss specifically what you learned about yourself in the process of doing the implicit preference tests.
  2. Describe ethnocentrism. How has this belief affected your worldview?
  3. Describe stereotypes. How are stereotypes different from prejudices?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 3 Assignment 1

Internet Search of Three Cultures

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Do an Internet search for timely and relevant journal articles related to deaf culture. Identify aspects of the culture that are surprising to you or that you did not know. Reflect on what you can learn from or about people who think differently than you because of their histories.

Next, do an Internet search on “whiteness” and consider the validity of the perspectives of the people you read about.

Choose another culture and do a third Internet search on it, considering its perspective.

Write a two-part essay (750-1,000 words) on what you found:

In the first part of the essay, carefully compare and contrast the three groups as to the factors that identify them as cultures. Consider the following in your essay:

  1. What are their rules and values?
  2. Describe the languages they speak or the gestures they use or do not use.

In the second part of the essay, thoughtfully reflect on what a person should know about these three cultures in order to effectively communicate with them. Consider the following in your essay:

  1. If you are a member of one of these groups, continue to write in the third person as though you were writing from outside of your group.
  2. Finally, reflect on how knowing these things about these three cultures should affect your intercultural communication.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 3 Assignment 2

Personal History and Perception

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After reading about Katie Couric’s interview with Condoleezza Rice, write an essay of 350-500 words about how the former Secretary of State’s childhood experiences affected her perception of intercultural events in today’s world. Support your statements with quotes and paraphrased statements that are correctly cited in APA format.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 4 Assignment 1

Cultural Observation

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For this assignment, attend a festival or visit a grocery store that caters to a specific ethnicity other than your own, such as Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Middle Eastern, or Mexican. Spend a significant amount of time there observing the setting. Consider the following in your observations:

  1. What do you smell?
  2. What types of food are available that are unfamiliar to you?
  3. How are the food and other items presented in ways that seem unusual or different from your experience?
  4. Watch and listen to the people. How do they interact with each other? How are they dressed?

Write an essay (250-500-words) thoroughly describing the experience:

  1. Where did you go? Who went with you? How long did you stay?
  2. What did you notice, especially about the way the people interacted?
  3. To what do you attribute the differences you saw or smelled or heard?
  4. Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation might affect your intercultural communication.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 4 Assignment 2

Movie Report: Language, Non-verbal Codes, and Cultural Space

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Choose a movie that you have not previously seen from the following list: Mi Familia, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, I Am Sam, or Amistad. Watch the movie with this question in mind: What do people say and do that communicates in ways different from the way I do?

Write an essay of 250-500 words that answers the question with supporting details, quotes, and paraphrased statements from the movie. This is not a review of the movie, but an observation of the communication styles of the people in the movie.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 5 Assignment 1

Ethnic Church Observation

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Go to a church service that serves a specific ethnicity other than your own and, if possible, one that uses another language.

Spend at least an hour, more if possible, observing the setting. What do you notice about the way the members communicate? How close do they stand when they are talking? Do they touch each other? What does what they wear communicate about them? If you get a chance to eat with them, how are the foods and other items presented in ways that seem unusual or different to you?

Watch and listen to the people. What gestures do they use? Do they seem to know when and how to do things that you do not know?

Write an essay of 500-750 words about the experience. Where did you go? Who went with you? How long did you stay? What did you notice, especially about the way the people interacted? To what do you attribute the differences you saw?

Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation could affect your intercultural communication.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 5 Assignment 2

International Faux Pas

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Do an Internet search on international faux pas. Read about behaviors that are rude or inconsiderate in other cultures that you might not find offensive at all.

Write an essay of 250-500 words on what you found. Are these behaviors considered inappropriate in only one other culture or in many? How much trouble could you find yourself in if you did or said these things in your cultural setting? Which culture that you learned about would be the most difficult for you to live in because of their faux pas? What are faux pas in your culture that a person from outside your culture might do?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 6 Assignment 1

Historical or Cultural Museum Visit

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Visit a museum that focuses on cultural history, preferably the history of a certain cultural group, and spend at least an hour observing the exhibits and listening to the guide (if one is available). Observe aspects of culture as they are presented in the museum and also notice evidence of conflict in their history.

Write an essay of 500-750 words about the experience. Where did you go? Who went with you? How long did you stay? What did you learn about the people and how conflicts have shaped their history? What were the positive outcomes of the conflict? What lingering scars do people carry with them from the experience?

Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation could affect your intercultural communication.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 6 Assignment 2

Collaborative Learning Community: Intercultural Conflict

Details:

This is a CLC assignment.

In your group, choose which movie you will watch among the following: Gangs of New York (1938), 12 Angry Men (1957), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and The Philadelphia Story (1940). You can watch the newer versions of these movies, but it is preferable that the older versions are watched, if possible. Groups should find and agree on a movie that is new to the whole group. Find copies at a public library or video rental store and watch the movie to find examples of answers to the following questions: What factors cause intercultural conflict, and how can those conflicts be addressed meaningfully? Watch the characters in the story to determine what contributes to the way they communicate, what creates the conflict, and what they did or could do to address the issue constructively.

After you have watched the movie, work with your group to find good examples with which to answer the questions. Note that the cultural differences in these movies may or may not depend on race or ethnicity.

Prepare a PowerPoint presentation to show what you learned. It should include at least 10 slides, including a title page with group members’ names on it. Each main point should be presented on its own slide with supporting evidence. Include a conclusion slide and a reference slide. Make it fun, but informative, showing depth of thought and critical thinking.

While APA format is not required for the body of this assignment, solid academic writing is expected and in-text citations and references should be presented using APA documentation guidelines, which can be found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 7 Assignment 1

Interview with an Immigrant

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Locate a person who was not born in the United States and who lived a significant part of his or her life outside the U.S, then immigrated to the U.S. (A person who came to the United States as an infant will not meet the requirement for the assignment.) Ask the person’s permission to use his or her name and quotations in the paper, and ensure that their name is spelled correctly.

Use the questions in “Resource 1: Intercultural Communication Interview.” Review the questions ahead of time and think about how well your words and your accent will communicate with the person, depending on his or her facility with English. Find out about the person’s experience as an immigrant.

Write an essay of 500-750 words about the experience. Do not write it as a verbatim account of the interview. Use quotes as needed, but write the paper as an essay. Where did you meet the person? How long did you visit? What did you learn?

Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation could affect your intercultural communication. If you were going to do this assignment over, what could you do that would make it more valuable to you and, perhaps, to the other person?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 7 Assignment 2

Interview with a Native of Your State

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Locate a person who has lived in your state his/her whole life or at least 90% of their life. Ask the person’s permission to use his or her name and quotations in the paper, and ask the individual how to correctly spell their name. Prepare your questions ahead of time and craft them well. Find out about the person’s experience with tourists and/or transplants.

Write an essay of 250-500 words about the experience. Do not write it as a verbatim account of the interview. Use quotes as needed, but write the paper as an essay. Where did you meet the person? How long have they lived here? What did you learn? Was this person’s attitude typical? How, specifically, did the person native to your state treat the tourist?

Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation could affect your intercultural communication.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are not required to submit this assignment to Turnitin, unless otherwise directed by your instructor. If so directed, refer to the Student Success Center for directions. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 8 Assignment 1

Interview with a Tourist

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Locate a person to interview who is living in your country as a temporary visitor, such as a tourist or a student from another country who will return home after a short period of time. Ask for the person’s permission to use his or her name and quotations in the paper and how to correctly spell their name. Prepare your questions ahead of time and craft them well. The goal is to find out about the person’s experience as a tourist.

Write an essay of 500-750 words about the experience. Do not write it as a verbatim account of the interview. Use quotes as needed, but write the paper as an essay. Refer to “Resource 2: Intercultural Communication Interview.” Where did you meet the person? How long did you visit? What did you learn? Was this person’s experience typical of what you read in the textbook about how hosts and tourists interact? How, specifically, did business people treat them?

Reflect on how much this experience stretched your comfort zone and how this observation could affect your intercultural communication. If you were going to do this assignment over, what could you do that would make it more valuable to you and, perhaps, to the other person?

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

 

COM 315 Grand Canyon Week 8 Assignment 2

Research Project

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Choose a country that you have not lived in, nor spent more than a week in. Find at least three book sources and at least seven sources in all and begin reading about the culture of this country. You may choose a specific ethnic group in the country or discuss the country as a whole.

Research what a person would need to know in order to visit your country successfully. In your search, look for topics such as family, status of children, role of women, role of the aged, customs, taboos, superstitions, values, language, body language, gestures, prejudices, foods, clothing, work ethic, death and mourning rituals, marriage rituals, education, religion, traditions, holidays, and ways of celebrating. Also look for important events in history or politics that have shaped the culture.

Identify places that are a “must-see” for visitors to the country. This paper, when completed, will be a guide for the visitor to the country. It should be 1,250-1,500 words in length and may include maps, pictures, and drawings.

Prepare this assignment according to the APA guidelines found in the GCU APA Style Guide, located in the Student Success Center. An abstract is not required.

This assignment uses a grading rubric. Instructors will be using the rubric to grade the assignment; therefore, students should review the rubric prior to beginning the assignment to become familiar with the assignment criteria and expectations for successful completion of the assignment.

You are required to submit this assignment to Turnitin. Refer to the directions in the Student Success Center. Only Word documents can be submitted to Turnitin.

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