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Writing Assignment 2: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Everyday (Week 7)

Writing Assignment 2: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Everyday (Week 7) We will have a variety of assignments for this class. You will have guidance for each assignment. Pleas We will have a variety of assignments for this class. You will have guidance for each assignment. Please carefully follow the guidelines below and in the Course Schedule.  Because our 8-week class is accelerated, please review all items so you are fully prepared.

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Late Policy Prompt work is expected at all times in this class.   Due dates: All due dates are 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on the date indicated. To calculate the equivalent for your own time zone, use The World Clock at http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/. Late assignments will receive lower grades unless you have made a prior arrangement with your instructor. Grades are lowered by 3 points for every day the assignment is late.   Please note the importance of prior arrangements for extensions. Extra Credit Policy Given the amount of assignments and the vigorous discussions there would be no Extra Credit Policy for this course.   Batch papers Multiple assignments submitted together will not be accepted; i.e., work must be submitted in the order assigned and by the date assigned. If you submit all of your assignments together at the end of the term, they will be returned to you ungraded. Writing Requirements All assignments require your best writing skills. This means that you must write your assignments with well-developed paragraphs, complete sentences, and good grammar. For the research writing assignment detailed below, you will need a final section that brings to a conclusion what you have written. You should also be careful to use your own words.   If you quote an author, you must use quotation marks around those words.  You must also provide a citation and complete reference information.  Similarly if you paraphrase an author, be sure to provide a citation and complete reference information.  Citation of Sources Be very careful about citing your resources. If you use other people’s ideas in your writing, you must give them credit. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism. Evidence of plagiarism can lead to a grade of zero or F on your assignment, a grade of F for the course, or even dismissal from the university. Be careful. Be thorough. Be honest. Writing assignments should follow APA style of documentation. Labeling of documents For all assignments posted as attachments, please place your last name first at the beginning of the title line when you save the document. For example: Jones, Indiana. Assignment 1, Option 1. Within the assignment itself, at the top of the document, be sure to place your name, date, and title of the assignment.  Format of documents Your writing assignments should be double-spaced. A recommended font is Times New Roman, with 12 font size and aligned left. Please note that points will be deducted if directions for labeling and formatting are not followed. Effective Writing Center All students are strongly encouraged to submit their writing assignments to the Effective Writing Center (https://www.umuc.edu/writingcenter/index.cfm ). Advisors review your work and give suggestions for improvement.  Both strong and weak writers benefit from the service.  The turn-around time is 48 hours so budget that time as you are preparing your assignments.   When you use the Effective Writing Center, please attach the comments of the writing advisor when you submit your completed assignment in LEO. Instructor’s Role in the Classroom Your instructor will use the F2F time to both elaborate on the weekly required readings and answer questions. Furthermore the instructor would be accessing the online discussion area a couple of times a day to keep on top of postings and give direction and guidance. Submission of Original Work All work submitted must be written for this course during the term in which the course is being completed. Work from other courses or from other academic or non-academic settings, past or present, is not acceptable and may be subject to immediate failure. No opportunities for resubmission or revision will be granted. When assignments involve research, students may make reference to work originally submitted for other courses or other settings. If students wish to submit extensively revised or expanded work previously submitted in this or another course, they must obtain the approval of the class instructor in advance.  Reporting Suspected Child Abuse — Maryland Law Please be aware that according to law in Maryland, educators are required to report past child abuse and neglect even when the former victim is now an adult and even when the former alleged abuser is deceased. If you disclose past abuse/neglect in conferences, in papers, or to your professor personally in any mode of communication, he or she is required by law to report it. Consult your professor if you want more information about this law. Writing Assignment 2: Ethnographic Perspectives on the Everyday (Week 7) This assignment asks you to reflect on the ethnographic perspective through your own experience or research.
Writing Assignment 2 maps to the following ANTH 102 learning outcomes (course objectives):·         apply knowledge of the range of human behavior and worldviews to everyday situations and problems ·         describe the contextual nature of communication and its role in the transmission and sharing of culture ·         identify existing personal perceptions (biases) and practices to function effectively and tolerantly in a culturally diverse nation and world
This assignment should conform to all the length, formatting, and other guidelines for writing assignments outlined in this syllabus (see the Formatting and Submission Guidelines in the Syllabus). Ethnographic perspective as it relates to your own experience and research
  • Choose one question from the following list and answer it in light of the anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • If you wish to modify or rework part of a question, contact me in advance to discuss your plans and to ensure that you are going in an acceptable direction.
Note: for full points you must respond to the questions in this assignment in light of the course material. Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points. Questions
  1. The military question. Military organizations have always had their own rules.
  • Analyze a unit or other self- contained organization within the military.
  • How does that unit accomplish its goals?
  • What kind of internal culture does it have that allows it to both relate to the broader military organization and maintain its distinctiveness?
  • What roles do individuals assume within the group to facilitate its success and cohesion?
  • You analysis must go deeper than the formal command structure and you must relate to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.
  1. The living-in-another-culture question. One of the real challenges of living as an expatriate is handling all the details of daily life.
  • Discuss an experience of living in another culture by identifying one or more areas of daily life (e.g., shopping, going to school, paying bills) that you had to learn to navigate.
  • How did you go about learning the appropriate cultural rules?
  • Indicate what those rules are and how they differ from what you expected.
  • Relate your discussion to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.
  1. The family question. People often say that family means everything to them and that they would do anything for a family member. This is demonstrably untrue. Like every cultural system, family is a finite system governed by rules and restrictions.
  • Analyze the statement: “What does family mean to you?”
  • What rules govern your interactions with your family?
  • Consider and describe the rules concerning:
    • o   Marriage
    • o   adding new family members
    • o   the meaning of various rule violations
    • o   just how far you or others would go to support family members
  • Relate your analysis to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.
  1. The language/communication problem question. Parents and teenagers, professors and students, managers and workers…the parties in each pair group can have complex problems communicating what they want and need.
  • Provide a specific example of a situation in which two people, or two groups of people, fail to communicate successfully.
  • Analyze why this may occur.
  • Is it about the words each party uses, the way the party uses them, or other, nonverbal communication cues?
  • What are the roots of communication failures between people?
  • Relate your analysis to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.
  1. The observation question. Choose a public setting to observe and analyze. You may choose a new setting or one that is familiar to you. Some suggestions are a store, hair salon or barber shop, restaurant, train or bus station, airport, church, or sports arena.
  • Observe your setting at least twice for at least an hour each time.
  • What is the physical setting like?
  • What is the social setting like?
  • Provide an analysis of the cultural rules that apply to the setting you observed.
  • Did anyone violate those rules?
  • If so, what were the results?
  • Relate your observation and analysis to anthropological concepts and issues covered in class.
  • Incorporate specific, cited references to the course material to support your statements and main points.
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