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Understanding Global Cultures Term Paper

which can be (but which does not have to be)
a Cultural Metaphor Term Paper on a Country / Culture not covered in the Textbook

or an alternate Cultural Metaphor for one of the Countries / Cultures discussed in the Textbook

"Constructing Cultural Metaphors"

Doing Research and Drafting Your Paper

Format Information


Writing Information and Reference Materials

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Understanding Global Cultures

Informal Problem / Project Statement / Proposal
(up to 20 points)

f2015 Informal Project Statement, or Project Proposal (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 4, Saturday, 26 September 2015

The informal statement can be very straightforward. It's a simple statement (on a Word document) of . . .

"Here's what I'm interested in doing. . . .

Here's why I'm interested in that. . . . 

Here's what I think will be useful for that project. . . .

What do you think?"


Or, it can be something like . . .

"I'm thinking about doing a project on X or Y, but can't make up my mind.

Here's what I'm interested in, and why. . . .

Here are some things that look like they might be useful for the project. . . .

What do you think?"

Upload your file—one file—to your Moodle folder)
  • In order to upload your file please make sure that you save your Word file as a .docx or a .doc or a .rtf file.*

  • *Details on "Type of Files" are available in the "File Type Information" if you need more information on how to save your files on your computer.
  • Click on "upload assignment" button at the end of the Moodle assignment page.

  • Once you have uploaded the file you can not re upload the file unless you first remove the one you first uploaded.

    For more information regarding how to use the assignment tools, please view the user guides
A more formal statement (a "Promissory Abstract") of what you eventually decide upon isn't due for another two weeks.  Between now and then I will have a look at your informal proposal and give you some feedback on it, including instructions on how to proceed with your Promissory Abstract two weeks hence.)
Additional information that might be helpful:
"Understanding Writing Assignments" http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/images/owl_purdue.gif 

"Problem / Project Statement / Proposal"

to Term Paper Information
to Term Presentation Information

see Choosing a Topic OWL logo, Online Writing Lab at Purdue.

This particular proposal statement is intended just to get you started thinking about and working on your Project

Your next statement will be formal,
it will be a Promissory Abstract

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This proposal can be fairly simple, and informal, including . . .

  • a basic informal statement of one or more topics that you are interested in writing about . . .

  • there is no minimum length, but most people submit two or three paragraphs

    • one paragraph should include including basic information the topic itself

    • one paragraph should include information about why you are interested in the topic(s)

    • and a third paragraph, or section, of your informal proposal should include three or four sources (or more), and statements about why you think those sources might be helpful in researching the topic(s)

  • It may be more elaborate if you wish. But this proposal may also be simple and informal

  • do try to work an analytical section into your final paper that reflects the four-fold nature of anthropology (see Week 1)

  • REM: make sure your paper—whatever else it may focus on—relates to (and includes discussion of the relevance of the topic to) the Anthropology of Food

  • Audience: Classmates

  • Purpose (Rhetorical): To get started thinking about . . .

    • the person(s) you might want to look at for your Anthropology of Food Project

    • how you might want to go about doing that

    • what sources you might use

  • Style:

    • for the Proposal Statement, informal

    • for the Promissory Abstract and the Term Paper itself, academic

  • Format: This proposal statement can be in informal format, but if you use a formal format, use any standard format and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . ). Don't make up one of your own. and citation convention (APA, MLA, Turabian-Chicago . . . )
    • doublespaced
    • with one-inch margins all around
    • with body type font 11 or 12
    • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited
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for your research papers try the
UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
Assignment Calculator

 UMD Library Assignment Calculator

Paper is due to
Moodle assigment area

fromOWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.

APA Sample Papers
Sample APA Paper: Definitions of Online Communication
Sample APA Paper: Adolescent Depression

MLA Sample Papers
MLA Undergraduate Sample Paper: Andrew Carnegie
MLA Sample Papers: Nineteenth Century Farming Handbooks

UMD Writer's Workshop
At UMD we have an excellent Writer’s Workshop located in the Learning Commons located on the second floor of the library.  Check out their WebSite at http://www.d.umn.edu/writwork/main/index.html, and stop in and visit with Jill Jenson and her staff; you can contact them at writwork@d.umn.edu.


"Understanding Cultural Metaphors"

from Gannon, Martin J., and Rajnandini Pillai. Understanding Global Cultures: Metaphorical Journeys Through 34 Nations, Clusters of Nations, Contnents, & Diversity, 6th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, 2015, pp. 2 - 22.


Look at things like . . .





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Doing Research and Drafting Your Paper

      1. Where do I begin a project?

        Your textbooks and class materials are the best place are most often the best place to start.

        Using Wikipedia and Desk References

        It is fine for you to begin a project by consulting with Wikipedia (and similar on-line sources of encyclopaedic-type information) but you should be aware that the Wikipedia entries are open-source and are not checked and verified in the same manner as other reference materials. And sometimes the entries are confusing (have a look at "Macedonia," for example).

        And Wikipedia, should you use it, should only be a starting point.


        It is also OK to start out your research by consulting reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries and lexica, glosaries, other general reference works, and the like, but this stage should only be a preliminary preparation for more focused and in-depth research work.

        For a college research paper you should also have a look at other references, either traditional materials from the library, or on-line materials from sources like UMD E-Journal Locator, JSTOR, etc., or books and manuscripts On-Line. That is to say Wikipedia and the other reference-type sources listed should not be your only source of information. And you must add your own evaluations, comparisons, development, criticisms, critiques, and the like to any reference materials used. Simply cutting and pasting information from sources is not sufficient to satisfy the requirements of either a required or extra-credit research paper.

        Your paper should reflect a synthesis and evaluation of materials researched.

      2. Try getting more information by looking at sites on the web:

        • Try surfing the web by searching with the search engines found by clicking on the Web "Search" button found on the upper righthand corner of the course WebPages. This will take you to the course Search Engines Page.

        • Hint: When you do a search on an item that has more than one word, like "stone tools," use the "Advanced Search" option and enter the words in the "exact phrase" box -- otherwise it will search out everything with "stone" and everything with "tools," and the list of "hits" could get quite large.

      3. Also try getting more information from JSTORE, elelctronically stored journals, and look for other items from the UMD Library.

      4. For your paper you should also use traditional library materials, and, where appropriate, interviews and videotapes.

      5. On-line Resources which might be helpful include:

        1. JSTORE©
        2. LEXIS-NEXIS®
        3. Soc-Anth Search Engines and Reference Works
        4. UMD Library
        5. General Reference Works
        6. Books and Manuscripts On-Line

      6. Due Friday of end of Week 13
        (Unexcused late Case Study papers will result in a loss of 2% of the final course grade.)

        for your research papers try the
        UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
        Assignment Calculator

         UMD Library Assignment Calculator

        Paper is due to
        Moodle assigment area

      7. Length: 10 - 12 well-written pages

        • including one title page (see sample title page) and
        • and at least one separate "Works Cited" (or "References") page (see sample)
        • that leaves 08-10 pages of text
          • with one-inch margins all around
          • with body type font 11 or 12
          • illustrations, tables, figures, diagrams . . . may be included, but must be properly placed and cited

      8. Criteria for Grading College Writing

      9. When you write anything you should consider audience, purpose, and your personal style. For your case studies, your audience should be your classmates in this class. (Do not write your college papers to the professor as audience.

      10. Information about Handing in Your Paper

      11. See the "Preparing the Final Draft" section of the Sociology-Anthropology Writing Guide to see the details of what your Case Study report should look like when you hand it in. Basically, it should look like the paper which follows.

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Format Information

For more help see Paradigm On-line Writing Assistant and / or
The Soc-Anth Department Writing Guide


[more information on your title]

Norway as a Norwegian Sweater:

A Cultural Metaphor that Fits Perfectly

by Barak Obama

Anthropology 1080

Project Term Paper

Professor Roufs

29 November 2015

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Jambalaya 1

[more information on an Introduction]

Put your paragraph(s) summarizing your paper here.

Put a transitional statement here.

Body [Give this section an interesting subtitle, something other than "Body"]

Describe and discuss your chosen topic(s) here. Use some form of organizational structure. The "Journalist's Questions," Who,What, When, Where, How and Why are often helpful. A time sequence is also useful.

Use the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant if you do not have much experience writing college papers.


Put your conclusions here.

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Jambalaya  Nn 

Works Cited

Your "References" or "Works Cited" information should go on a separate page.

See "Documenting Electronic Sources in Specific Disciplines" from OWL for information on how to cite items from the web

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