DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE

Module 2 – Case

DIMENSIONS OF CULTURE

Assignment Overview

In this module you will propose a plan for your intercultural experience and have it approved by your professor. A “pre-experience outline” is provided to assist you in your planning. This is what your professor will use in assuring that your proposal meets the training parameters for this Case.

Case Assignment

Submit a 2- to 3-page proposal describing your cultural experience. Your proposal should address the following questions:

Intended contact culture group

What is the identified culture group with which you are planning to have contact? Be specific.

Provide a brief description of any contact you have previously had with this group.

Briefly explain why this target group qualifies as a culture group.

Intended new cultural activity

Briefly describe your new cultural activity.

Does your intended activity meet all requirements of the assignment (see expectations below)? Provide some details to justify your answer.

Will this activity allow you to have meaningful contact with members of the intended target culture group? Briefly explain.

What is the planned date, time and approximate duration of the activity?

General

Have you selected a secondary contact group and cultural activity as a backup? Please describe briefly.

Do you have any questions about the project? Please describe.

Assignment Expectations

Here are the requirements—or parameters—of the exercise:

Provides information concerning the date(s) and place where this experience will take place.

The selected experience should be novel. The intent of this case is to provide a kind of “lab” where you can apply your learning in a new setting.

The experience must be with a group or culture that is largely unfamiliar to you.

You should not be in a position of authority or dominance vis-à-vis the target group. For example, you should not be a customer in a restaurant, or interacting with individuals who have lower rank than you in an organizational setting. Power can influence behavior, and we want to keep power relationships in check to provide the most meaningful type of interaction.

The experience should allow for meaningful one-on-one contact with members of the target group. Thus it is recommended that you do not choose an impersonal spectator event such as a large festival, parade, or sporting event.

The experience must be a minimum of 2 hours in length to provide you with enough material for analysis.

The experience must not be illegal or place you at unreasonable physical or psychological risk.

You need to be able to provide evidence of the experience (such as photographs or a video).

Have a second choice experience in mind in case your first choice does not meet the above parameters and is not approved.

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