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End of Semester Exam



When is it?

The Understanding Global Cultures Live Chat for the Final Exam will be from 07:00-08:00 CST, on Wednesday, 14 December 2016. Sign in on Moodle logo. in the Week 15 Panel.



f2016 Week 16 ("Finals Week"): The Understanding Global Cultures Final Exam is scheduled for 12:00-1:55 p.m., Thursday, 15 December 2016, in Cina 2014


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What will be covered?

The Final Exam will be on all class materials from the Midterm Exam (Week 6) to the end of the Semester (Week 15)

This includes . . .

    • This includes the lecture materials, in-class videos, E-mails, the GCforum, the basic introductory materials of the texts, and the text and class materials

 Understanding Global Cultures

Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Continents, and Diversity, Sixth Edition
(Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2015)

PART VI: CLEFT NATIONAL CULTURES
Chapter 17: The Malaysian Balik Kampung
Chapter 18: The Israeli Kibbutzim and Moshavim
Chapter 19: The Italian Opera
Chapter 20: Belgian Lace
 
PART VII: TORN NATIONAL CULTURES
Chapter 21: The Mexican Fiesta
Chapter 22: The Turkish Coffeehouse
 
PART VIII: THE BASE CULTURE AND ITS DIFFUSION ACROSS BORDERS (CLUSTERS OF NATIONS): THE EXAMPLE OF CHINA
Chapter 23: China’s Great Wall and Cross-Cultural Paradox
Chapter 24: The Chinese Family Altar: The Expatriate Chinese Outside of China
Chapter 25: The Singapore Hawker Centers
 
PART IX: INDIA, TRADITION, MODERNITY, AND DIVERSITY
Chapter 26: India: The Dance of Shiva
Chapter 27: India: A Kaleidoscope of Diversity
 
PART X: AN AFRICAN PERSPECTIVE
Chapter 28: The Nigerian Marketplace
Chapter 29. South African Townships
Chapter 30: The Sub-Saharan African Bush Taxi
 
PART XI: THE STRUGGLE FOR CULTURAL IDENTITY AND THE SPLINTERING OF NATIONS: THE CASE OF THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE
Chapter 31: The Russian Ballet
Chapter 32. Estonian Singing
Chapter 33: The Polish Village Church
 
PART XII: SAME METAPHOR, DIFFERENT MEANINGS
Chapter 34: The Spanish Bullfight
Chapter 35: The Portuguese Bullfight
 

PART XIII. POPULAR MUSIC AS CULTURAL METAPHORS

Chapter 36: The Brazilian Samba
Chapter 37: The Argentine Tango
 
PART XIV. OVERLAPPING CULTURAL METAPHORS FOR GEOGRAPHICALLY RELATED NATIONS
Chapter 38. Cultural Metaphors for the Caribbean
  Conclusions
 
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Index
About the Authors

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Slide Materials

How long should your answers be?

Answer: About two-thirds the length of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

The question of length is a good one. It's also a difficult one to answer as it depends on the question itself, your style of writing, the detail which you give to your examples, and—since this is an open-book exam where you basically could prepare questions in advance and then cut and paste from other sources (with proper credit given to those sources)—a good answer can vary quite a bit in length.

At a minimum you should have a beginning, a middle, and an end (sometimes also known as introduction, body, conclusion).

You should also be sure to answer the question(s) asked, and if there are two, three or more parts to a question, be sure to answer all of them.

Be sure to give examples when you make a statement.

I think it is a good thing to have a look at the OWL's advice before every exam:

Writing Essays for Exams
 OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University

To use their recommendations, a well focused, well organized, well supported, well packaged essay answer could be done (for most of the questions) in the equivalent of about a page and a half to two "normal" pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins, #11 or #12 font)—which is about 375-500 words.

How long was the Gettysburg Address?

263 or 268 or 270 words depending on which printed version you check

A standard "letter size" 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of paper has about 255 words, with a size 12 font

So your answer should be about one page long, two if you use the Owl's recommendations

 


How many questions will there be?

Your exam will have four questions. They will be selected from the questions that appear on the Wiki Study Questions page.

Moodle will give you four of those questions at random after you sign on to the exam.

Pay attention to the annotations as the original questions are quite often modified to make them a bit clearer, or a little easier to answer in 15 minutes (about the amount of time you will have per question), or to ask for your personal opinion and / evaluation . . .


Will all of the questions in the Wiki Study Page be included?

No.

Not all of the questions on the Wiki Study Question page will be in the pool for the exam.  Duplicate questions, or questions that are essentially duplicate questions, will not be included; that is to say that there will be only one question in the pool on any given central topic.

Also, some questions submitted were better questions for the Midterm Exam.  If in my annotations it says something like, "this would have been better question for the Midterm Exam" that means that it will not be in the question pool for the Final Exam. 


Other words of advice?

If I were preparing for the exam (an open-book/open notes exam) I would focus on the Wiki Study Questions, paying special attention to the annotations.

I would also read over the Weekly Memos

And I would review the text materials (see above) and the materials from the in-class videos and slides.

Videos

    • All videos with emphasis on those since the end of Week 6

 

Slide Materials


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Useful Information

Writing Essays for Exams
OWL logo--Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
UMD Study Strategies

Test Taking Strategies

Learning Styles


Listening Skills

Notetaking

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Text Assignments Summary

Basic Information About the Texts

Extra Help

Study Skills Tip Sheets & Advice -- Emory University

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Makeup Exams
  1. With prior consent of the instructor, you may take (a) makeup exam(s). To take the exam on-line, please e-mail troufs@d.umn.edu to schedule a time.

  2. It usually takes several days for makeup exams to be returned to you

  3. Makeup Exam scores will be posted as soon as they are ready in your Moodle Gradebook

  4. Use "The Curve" to figure out your letter grade

 

Misc. General Information

  • The Final will be an open-book / open-notes essay exam

    • Essay exams usually provide a better learning experience and, in addition, afford practice in writing

    • This is an open-book exam. You may bring and use your texts, dictionary, thesaurus, a writing handbook, class handouts, notes, outlines, drafts, memos, a laptop, and a Ouija board. You may also use references and materials from your other classes and the web, with the caveat, of course, that you properly cite any sources you use.

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This course is governed by the . . .

UMD Student Academic Integrity Policy

Office of Student Behavior > UMD Student Academic Integrity Office

<www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/integrity>

"Academic dishonesty tarnishes UMD's reputation and discredits the accomplishments of students. UMD is committed to providing students every possible opportunity to grow in mind and spirit. This pledge can only be redeemed in an environment of trust, honesty, and fairness. As a result, academic dishonesty is regarded as a serious offense by all members of the academic community. In keeping with this ideal, this course will adhere to UMD's Student Academic Integrity Policy, which can be found at www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/integrity. This policy sanctions students engaging in academic dishonesty with penalties up to and including expulsion from the university for repeat offenders." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)

and the

UMD Conduct Code:

<http://www.d.umn.edu/catalogs/current/umd/gen/conduct.html>

<http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/code/>

"The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code (http://www.d.umn.edu/assl/conduct/code). Appropriate classroom conduct promotes an environment of academic achievement and integrity. Disruptive classroom behavior that substantially or repeatedly interrupts either the instructor's ability to teach, or student learning, is prohibited. Disruptive behavior includes inappropriate use of technology in the classroom. Examples include ringing cell phones, text-messaging, watching videos, playing computer games, doing email, or surfing the Internet on your computer instead of note-taking or other instructor-sanctioned activities." -- UMD Educational Policy Committee, Jill Jensen, Chair (08/16/2007)



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