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Global Cultures
 

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

AVISO

As far as the assignments go, the Presentation and the Term Paper are not repititions or duplications.

They are different ways to present the results of your research to different audiences for different purposes.

It is the goal of this pair of assignments combined to give you experience presenting (a) your information to (b) two different audiences for (c) two different purposes.

Your Presentation
Demosthenes

(1) Presentation

Audience:

Classmates

(draft)

 
Your Term Paper
Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.

(2) Term Paper

Audience:

Student Colleagues in a Regional Professional Organization
(i.e., a student paper presented at a regional meeting)

(finished version)

Purpose:

To inform classmates what you have been working on and what you have found interesting, and possibly what you would like to find out more about in the future.
  Purpose:

To present the results of personal research to members in a professional forum.

(i.e., or, if you prefer, your audience can be the members of a task force of which you are a member, in a company or organization like you would like to work for in the future.)
Style:

Informal
  Style:

Formal, following the specific syle and content guidelines of the organization.


(The default guidelines are those commonly accepted for academic college-level term papers in the style format most commonly used by people in your major.)
For further information see your respective
Presentation and Term Paper WebPages.

 



 Doing Research and Drafting Your Paper

Writing Information and Reference Materials


s2022 Term Paper (up to 400 points)
due Week 14, by Saturday, 23 April 2022
(TurnItIn in your Canvas Week 14 Module section)

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.
Charles Dickens (1842)
Francis Alexander (1800-1880)

Wikipedia

Global Cultures Project =
(1) Term Paper
&
(2) Presentation
(on the same topic)
 
tba
 
Charles Dickens, 1842, Francis Alexander.
Demosthenes
 
Charles Dickens

Due Dates for Project Materials
     

Week 02

Week 03

ss2022 Live Chat for Picking a Project Topic
Week 2, Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 7:00-8:00 CDT Sign in on Canvas.


 

Week 05
  s2022 Informal Project Statement (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Saturday, 12 February 2022


 

Week 07
 
s2022 Project formal Promissory Abstract and Working Bibliography (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 7, Saturday, 26 October 2022 (submit them together)

 

Week 12
  s2022 Your Presentation is due on-line in Canvas by the end of Week 13, Saturday, 16 April 2022 (up to 99 points)

 

Week 14
 
s2022 Term Paper (up to 400 points)
due Week 14, by Saturday, 23 April 2022
(TurnItIn in your Canvas Week 14 Module section)

AVISO: Late Term Papers will not be accepted unless (1) arrangements for an alternate date have been arranged in advance, or (2) medical emergencies or similar extraordinary unexpected circumstances make it unfeasible to turn in the assignment by the announced due date. Why?

Class Project = Term Paper & Presentation

Format and Style Information

  • Length of Term Paper

    • 10 - 12 well-written pages, including one title page and one Works Cited (or References) page

      • 10-12 pages are including one title page (see sample title page) and

      • and at least one separate "Works Cited" (or "References") page (see sample)

      • that leaves 8-10 pages of text

      • NOTE: Folks who look mostly at web sites and/or sources like Wikipedia sometimes find it difficult to write 8-10 pages of quality text. If you find that you are in that position, try researching the topic in a book focusing on your topic. Many are recommended in the class WebPages.

    • double-spaced

    • 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

    • Details of Term Paper

    • Should I Include an Abstract ?


  • Length of Presentation

  • Audience

    • Classmates

      or

    • Monthly On-line newsletter of the Central States Anthropological Society, or the monthly newsletter of the professional society of your major(s) [for example, Sociologists of Minnesota]


  • Purpose (Rhetorical)

    • To let them know what you were working on, and what you found out, and what might be interesting to look at in the future


  • Style

    • for the Presentation, it may be informal

    • for the Paper, formal academic

      • It is permissible, even desirable, for you to include your own well-informed personal opinions in a formal academic term paper

        • Be sure to back up personal opinions and interpretations with well-reasoned and supported arguments

      • Generally formal term papers are not written in the first person, but if you have a topic-related reason to do so, it is perfectly acceptable

    • NOTE: Try to work an analytical section into your Presentation and Paper, and at least think about approaching your Global Cultures term Project from the traditional "four-fold" approach of American Anthropology. If the "four-fold" approach does not work as a major appoach, consider at least addressing in summary form the relationship of your chosen topic(s) to traditional American Anthropology.

    • When relevant to your topic be sure to work in what is happening now; that is, where appropriate, relate it to current affairs


  • Term Paper Format

    • 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


  • Term Paper Citation Conventions (How to cite your references)

  • Useful Resources

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List of References
("Working Bibliography")

The "working bibliography" for your project is a simple list of references—sources that you think will be helpful to in putting together your paper and your presentation.
(grading information for working bibliography)

And your sources may include any or all of the following kind of items . . .

  • traditional library printed materials (books, journals, magazines, government reports, microformat materials . . .)

  • library AV materials (videos, films, DVDs, audio recordings . . .)

  • TED talks

  • library and on-online special collections (maps, images, oral history materials . . .)

  • materials from special conferences and events (for e.g., The Nobel Making Food Good Conference Archives . . .)

  • materials from cultural myths and legends . . .

  • personal interviews (including relevant YouTube materials . . .)

  • questionnaires

  • personal journals and diaries . . .

  • personal interviews (you might even want to do something creative, like interview yourself . . .)

  • relevant WebSite materials

At the start of your project it is probably a good idea to have 6-10 sources that "look pretty good" and as if they might be useful to your project.

At the beginning, and for the list you turn in during Week 7, you do not have to do anything more than list the resources that you think will be helpful to your project and that you expect to use for your paper and/or your report.

Once you begin looking at these materials, you may want to start annotating them—that is, beginning to make notes about how they might actually be used in your paper and/or presentation.

And you might start noting additional references from your original list of items.

For details on evaluating the items on your initial "working bibliogaphy",
and on the process of annotating your working bibliography (your simple list),
see the resources available from . . .


s2022 Project formal Promissory Abstract and Working Bibliography (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 7, Saturday, 26 October 2022 (submit them together)
 

When relevant to your topic be sure to work in what is happening now; that is, where appropriate, relate it to current affairs.


And with both your Presentation and your Term Paper be sure to relate your Project materials to the materials considered in class.

For e.g., if you are doing a comparision/contrast between Italy and America and Finland include relevant items from Understanding Global Cultures, 6th Edition from . . .

Chapter 19: The Italian Opera
Chapter 8: The Finnish Sauna
Chapter 15: American Football

and the class slides from Italy
slides: (.pptx)



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s2022 Informal Project Statement (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Saturday, 12 February 2022


Preparing Your "Informal Proposal"

  • Your topic/subject should be something that you, personally, are interested in

    • Your topic/subject can be almost anything you like, but it must be related to the Global Cultures course

    • You may use materials from the textbook, class slides, and class videos--and, in fact, it is often an excellent idea to integrate class materials into your Project.

      But the main focus of your project should be on materials that are not required for the class.

  • The informal "proposal" itself can be very straightforward:

The Informal Proposal is a simple statement
(preferably in a Word document) of . . .

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

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

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

  4. "What do you think?"

Or . . .

Your Informal Proposal can be something like . . .

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

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

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

  4. "What do you think?"


  • "What I think will be useful" means that you should include 3 or 4 items like references to materials and activities (such as interviewing someone . . .) that you think would be helpful to your in working on your project. (No, you do not have to do an interview; that's just one possibility.)

  • "Items" can be articles, short videos, photographs, books, interviews, personal experience. . . .

  • If you include a reference to a source on the web, be sure to give its full reference (not just the URL). For a web page your full reference should look something like the one below (include as much of this material as is available for the site[s] you are looking at):

 

Upload your file—one file—to your Canvas 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 Canvas 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 Canvas Student 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.)

For the "Promissory Abstract" and "Working Bibliography" (that are due in two weeks) and for the Term Paper itself (due at the end of the semester) you need to use APA or MLA or Chicago/Turabian style or a standard scientific method.  Which of those you use is up to you.

Additional information that might be helpful:

 http://www.d.umn.edu/cla/faculty/troufs/images/owl_purdue.gif
"Understanding Writing Assignments" 
 

"Problem / Project Statement / Proposal"

s2022 Informal Project Statement (up to 20 points)
due by the end of Week 5, Saturday, 12 February 2022

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for your research papers try the
UMD Library > Research Tools and Resources >
Assignment Calculator
<http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/assign/>


 UMD Library Assignment Calculator

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


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 Writers' Workship

The Writers' Workshop offers free one-to-one writing support to all members of UMD's campus community. Graduate student or faculty consultants will work with you on any writing project at any stage in the writing process.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit <d.umn.edu/writwork>, or stop by the Workshop's front desk in the Securian Learning Commons on the second floor of the Kathryn A. Martin Library and visit with Jill Jenson and her staff. Walk-ins are welcome if a consultant is available.

Look for the Workshop’s trademark wall mural covered with quotations about writing. 

Students in this class have permission to see a Writers’ Workshop consultant for all take-home exams


 
  website

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"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.

(slides)

Doing Research and Drafting Your Paper

      1. 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.

        Wikipedia



        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. UMD Library

        4. General Reference Works

        5. 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
        <http://www.d.umn.edu/lib/assign/>


         UMD Library Assignment Calculator



      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.

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

26 January 2022

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[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.

Conclusions

Put your conclusions here.

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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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