Understanding Global Cultures
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Understanding Global Cultures

 Fall Semester 2017

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World Clock Time

In-the-News Report

World News

World News


Your News Report is basicaly about a 5 minute summary of the news-of-the-day,
of a selected country or region, presented to the class on the day selected

You should sign up for one presentation, chosen from the list of countries or regions listed by class Day

[If you were to make a presentation in favor of or in opposition to a matter before the Duluth City Council, for example, you would generally have 3 minutes to make your case for or against. So this short report is good practice for real-world situations in which you need to be brief and to the point, while at the same time saying something meaningful.]

Due Date

Your News of the Day Report is due on the day for which you have signed up

Presentation Format Information

Your News-of-the-Day Report should be an oral presentation to the class on the day selected

Your report (no longer than 5 minutes) should consist of at least two parts:

  • A brief thumbnail sketch of the country / region
  • Your opinion of the most imortant News-of-the-Day for that country / region

Where do I begin?

1. Begin by signing up for a country / region . . .
(these are listed individually throughout the semester with the day they are to be presented)

List of Countries / Regions by Week / Day

Open the In-the-News Wiki of the country of your choice
by clicking on its "Global Cultures News Feature of the Day" link . . . 

Only one person per country / region . . .

If your preferred country / region has been taken, please select an alternate


Then click on the "New Page" and / or the "Edit" tab (below)
which appears in the Wiki of the country in which you are interested . . .

In-the-News signup, New Page

  then enter your name . . .

REM: Only one person per country / region . . .

If your preferred country / region has been taken, please select an alternate

Then save and exit

2. After you have signed up for one country / region,
go to the "News Media" and "Cultural Profiles" materials
of that country / region

(see below) . . .

This information is found in the "Week N Topics" section
located towards the beginning of each weekly Moodle block


Week 1 Day 2

Global Cultures News Feature of the Day

  Italy > tba

 Useful Primary Sources for News-of-the-Day Reports

These sources will be the primary sources for your
Global Cultures News Feature of the Day Report
(select the ones appropriate for your country / region)

  • News Media of Your Chosen Country / Region
    (see above for additional details)

[Countries, Cultures, Regions, Areas, and Territories Available at this WebSite]


Additional Helpful Information


Suggested Strategies

Whenever you write or present anything you should consider . . .

your personal style

  • For your report and other presentations in-class, your audience should, obviously, be your classmates

    • do not write or present to your college professor(s) as audience

    • Or you can prepre your report and presentation for something like a "brown bag" luncheon presentation at your library to a mixed-group of curious individuals who normally attend more informal public lectures

  • Purpose

    • To let your audience know what is happening this week in the country of region of your choice (choose from those listed for class days)

    • NOTE: Part of the reason for the News-of-the-Day Report (and also of your Presentation) is to give you some experience giving a small report in front of a small audience

  • Style

    • for the News-of-the-Day Report, it may be informal or formal, as you wish

And basically, your presentation should . . .

  • have a beginnng, a middle and an end

  • be organized

  • if appropriate, be illustrated

 Additional Helpful Information for Putting Together your News-of-the-Day Report

(General Suggested Strategies that May or May Not be Useful for Your Particular Report)


And you can do this for more than one subtopic

  • Time Sequence

    T1 ---> T2 ---> T3 ---> T4 ---> . . .

  • Space Sequence

    S1 ---> S2 ---> S3 ---> S4 ---> . . .

  • N number of items

    "Ten itms define the importance of. . . .

    First, . . . .
    Second, . . . ."
    Third, . . . ."
    Finally, . . . ."

  • Most Important ---> Least Important:

    "The most important X about ... is ..."

    "Next in importantance to X is ..."

    "The least importantant to X is ..."

  • Comparison / Contrast

    Note how things are the same and how they are different. In a logical comparison / contrast would be with / between "X" of Y.

    Item # 1
    Item # 2
    Item # 3
    Item # 4
    Item # N


  • Emic / Etic

    • An Emic view is that of an insider

    • An Etic view is that of someone from the outside

Use the Paradigm Online Writing Assistant


 The Purdue University Online Writing Lab

 OWL logo, Online Writing Lab, Purdue University.

if you do not have much experience giving reports / presentations or writing college papers

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Grading for your News-of-the-Day Report will essentially be P/N

More detailed information on grading in general is available at   . . .

  criteria for grading written works
  "The Strike Zone"
  "The Curve"
  UMD Grading Policies


This course is governed by the . . .

University of Minnesota Duluth Student Academic Integrity Policy

UMD Office of Student and Community Standards

"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 [http://www.d.umn.edu/conduct/integrity/Academic_Integrity_Policy.htm]. 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 Student Conduct Code

and the

Student Conduct Code Statement (students' rights)

The instructor will enforce and students are expected to follow the University's Student Conduct Code [http://www1.umn.edu/regents/policies/academic/Student_Conduct_Code.html]. 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)

Instructor and Student Responsibilities Policy


A Note on Extra Credit Papers

Failure to comply with the above codes and standards when submitting an Extra Credit paper will result in a penalty commensurate with the lapse, up to and including an F final grade for the course, and, at a minimum, a reduction in total points no fewer than the points available for the Extra Credit project. The penalty will not simply be a zero for the project, and the incident will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards.


A Note on "Cutting and Pasting" without the Use of Quotation Marks
(EVEN IF you have a citation to the source somewhere in your paper)

If you use others' words and/or works you MUST so indicate that with the use of quotation marks. Failure to use quotation marks to indicate that the materials are not of your authorship constitutes plagiarism—even if you have a citation to the source elsewhere in your paper/work.

Patterned failure to so indicate that the materials are not of your own authorship will result in an F grade for the course.

Other instances of improper attribution will result in a 0 (zero) for the assignment (or a reduction in points equal to the value of an Extra Credit paper), and a reduction of one grade in the final grade of the course.

All incidents will be reported to the UMD Academic Integrity Officer in the Office of Student and Community Standards as is required by University Policy.

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