several different elements of culture

  1. Search the internet using the following question “why study history?”. Using the search and/or what you have learned in class, write a list of the five best reasons you could find with your search as it relates to your understanding of culture.
  2. Now that you have identified your reasons for understanding the importance of history. Choose a specific country or culture that you would like to learn more about (feel free to select whatever country you prefer).
  3. Once you have selected the country, go to YouTube and search for videos on the history of the country or culture you have selected. Using the video(s) as an example identify two to three different cultural values that you see are highlighted in the video. (hint, feel free to reference the cultural values worksheet on Canvas)

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Artifact of popular culture

Analyze: Artifact of Popular Culture
Evaluation Title: The Business of Pop Culture
We have seen throughout this course how popular culture influences our attitudes, both positively and negatively. In this final paper, you will examine an artifact in pop culture to determine its message and effect.
select an artifact that, in your opinion, unfairly creates a negative bias or promotes a negative stereotype about one population of society. The pop culture artifact can be a media source (song, movie, television program), a product or other tangible associated with pop culture. Provide a link to this artifact (or an image). Explain why you have selected this artifact, and why you feel that this creates a negative bias. Describe how you would re-design or re-write the script of this artifact to change the way others would view this population.

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Cultural relativism

Consider the difference between cultural relativism (where right and wrong depend on what is approved in a given culture) and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s notion of a common moral law that applies to all cultures.

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Culture Entertainment

The main reason for the research paper will be will be one culture(entertainment)( social structure), second architure ( arcs) and third aquaducts. Write 5 primary sources and 5 secondary sources using (Useful websites for finding primary sources online)
World History Sources (Links to an external site.)
Perseus Digital Library (Links to an external site.)
Ancient History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Medieval History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Women’s History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Diotima (Links to an external site.) (Women’s History Sources)
The Avalon Project (Links to an external site.)
and JSTOR.

The main reason for the research paper will be will be one culture(entertainment)( social structure), second architure ( arcs) and third aquaducts. Write 5 primary sources and 5 secondary sources using (Useful websites for finding primary sources online)
World History Sources (Links to an external site.)
Perseus Digital Library (Links to an external site.)
Ancient History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Medieval History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Women’s History Sourcebook (Links to an external site.)
Diotima (Links to an external site.) (Women’s History Sources)
The Avalon Project (Links to an external site.)
and JSTOR.

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Culture Analysis

Select a topic that you have been inspired by in the textbook, lectures or class discussions. Research a
specific issue within that area of interest using articles or a short book and then write a paper about what your
research helped clarify about your original hypothesis regarding the anthropological issue.
Write up your findings in the following format:
a. Title
b. Introduction with a hypothesis statement (i.e., in the culture I researched, I found different forms of
enculturation than in ours as illustrated by the following facts I gathered, and I believe that the differences are
due to what factors).
c. An ethnographic description of the specific cultural difference you found in the culture you researched.
d. An analysis of the differences as to why this culture has different values and behaves in a different manner
than our culture.
e. Conclusion, with a final statement either accepting or rejecting your original hypothesis as stated in (b)
above.
f. Bibliography: must be included of all references are used.

  • Use citations for quotes from researched sources. If you use online sources be sure you are quoting a reliable
    source – no Wikipedia quotes. Look for scholarly articles from universities or professional journals.

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How figural images are representative of cultures

Discuss how figural images are representative of the cultures in which they were created. Do images of people or animals from disparate cultures present any similarities? If so, why might this be? How are the cultures that created these works reflected in them? Please choose at least two works from two different cultures. Include artist, title and date/era. Be sure to utilize terms and ideas from the book and class. Do not include images. Margin should be 1.5

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Cultural heritage

Imagine…you are 77 years old. You have lived a happy, fulfilling life, but have recently learned you have terminal cancer and are reflecting on how you want to spend your last few months and what you would like for your final wishes. In 1-2 pages, describe what you would like this last chapter of your life to look like. Consider:

What is your cultural heritage? What cultural traditions do you or your family hold that would impact your dying process and last wishes? (i.e. I’m Irish and my family and cultural heritage view death as a time to celebrate the life of a loved one with a long Irish wake, stories about our loved one, laughter, etc. We view funerals as a time to be very emotionally expressive about our loss).
How does your family communicate about or view death? What impact does communication with loved ones have on the death and dying process?
Part II: Imagine…you are a nurse, social worker, hospice volunteer or other healthcare professional working with a 77-year-old terminal cancer patient who is struggling with her end of life decisions. She is stoic and hard-working. Her culture values privacy and independence. She doesn’t wish to burden her family and so changes the subject anytime her children try to broach the topic of her final wishes, taking care of her house/pets, her will, etc. She becomes uncomfortable anytime you or other care providers ask to discuss her wishes on things such as DNR orders, religious wishes, or final arrangements. Her children are concerned about her and are worried they don’t know how to best fulfill her wishes and are imploring you to help. In 1-2 pages, consider:

How might your own views on death and dying impact your work with this patient?
How might you seek to guide or help this patient and her family through this time?
What cultural context might be at work here to consider?

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Cultural Humility and Diversity.

Week 1: What Is Culture?
Welcome to HUMN 4009: Cultural Humility and Diversity. Throughout this course, you will journey into the past experiences, beliefs, and values that have shaped you and examine them in light of new understandings. You will also practice openness and curiosity as you work toward being culturally humble in your life and work.
This week, we start with the concept of culture. Every person is introduced to their own unique cultural norms—the established ways of believing, being, and behaving—from their earliest years. This process, called primary socialization, is performed first by caregivers, then larger extended family and friends, then the schools and places of worship they may attend. And, in more current times, media content and the frequency of exposure also play a pivotal role. 
Like the air we breathe, exposure to our particular culture is a round-the-clock yet invisible experience, so ever-present that we are rarely even conscious of it.  
But we must awaken to our own unique cultural process before we can fully recognize and appreciate the cultures of others. For this reason, the first week of this course is about coming to an increased awareness of your own unique culture. Or, in other words, examining the invisible. 

• Define diversity
• Describe the difference between cultural competency and cultural humility
• Illustrate the importance of cultural humility for professionals
• Identify cultural beliefs and values
• Analyze personal culture in terms of socialization
• Record diversity or homogeneity of surroundings

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