Unit 1: Module 1 â€“ M1 Assignment 3
Assignment 3: Views on Diversity
Pablo believes that diversity is the most important issue in our culture, and that it is greatly underemphasized. On the other hand, Ralph rarely thinks of diversity, except when it is mentioned in the workplace. Monica is sensitized to multicultural issues because her parents are immigrants who still struggle with discrimination after being here for 20 years.
To obtain a cross-section of what people think about diversity, conduct five-minute interviews with three individuals you donâ€™t know well, and assess their views on diversity. You have been provided an Informed Consent document for the respondents to sign along with verbally consenting to participate in this assignment. This is to enable that the respondents demonstrate a clear understanding of the meaning and purpose of this assignment. While you are expected to use the informed consent form in keeping with ethical practices for data collection, you do not need to submit it to the instructor as part of the assignment.
Ask the respondents the following questions and record their answers: When you hear the word diversity mentioned in the workplace, in the media, or in casual conversation, what meaning do you assign this term? Does a particular race, ethnic group, or other minority group come to mind when you think of diversity? Does one of these groups pertain to you? Do you think the majority of people in our culture: Respect cultural differences among groups of people. Show indifference to cultural differences. Lack respect for cultural differences. Explain each choice. If you were to make a suggestion about how our culture should handle diversity over the next decade, what would it be?
Compile your responses and write a brief reflection paper (two pages) on your findings. Specifically address the following issues: What did you discover was the general attitude toward diversity in our culture? Is diversity more associated with one race, ethnic, or other minority group than with others? If so, explain why this might be the case. Compare and contrast the respondentâ€™s views with your own. How would you answer the same questions?
Submit your response to the M1: Assignment 3 Dropbox by Wednesday, July 22, 2015. Your response should be at least two pages long. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources. Assignment 3 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Interviewed a cross-section of people and acquired the desired responses. 15 Summarized the respondentâ€™s attitude toward diversity in modern culture using appropriate terms and concepts. 25 Commented on whether the respondent believed diversity was associated with one particular race or ethnic group more so than others. 25 Provided contrasting views between the respondentâ€™s and your own views on the discussed subjects along with an explanation. 25 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 10 Total: 100
Unit 2: Module 2 â€“ M2 Assignment 2
Assignment 2: Reflections on Racial Discrimination
Franklin hears about people being discriminated against at the workplace and in society but rarely experiences it first hand. Cortez, on the other hand, speaks English poorly and is often subject to derogatory comments from peers and coworkers.
Reflect on your experience with racial discrimination.
Identify examples of racial discrimination and provide examples you have personally witnessed or heard about firsthand from the following three realms: family work place community
Write a brief summary that includes the following: Describe a racial incident pertaining to each realm in detail. Explain why you believe this is racial discrimination. Explain how this situation could have been handled to avoid discrimination against those belonging to another race.
Submit your response to the M2: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Your response should be at least two pages long. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources. Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Reflection on your experiences with racial discrimination from the three listed realms (i.e., family, work place, community). 30 Provided examples of discrimination from the three listed realms. 25 Described the identified racial incident in detail, and explained why each incident is an example of discrimination. 25 Explained how these situations could have had a different outcome if the people involved had not discriminated against others. 10 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 10 Total: 100 Unit 3: Module 3 â€“ M3 Assignment 2
Assignment 2: LASA 1: Cultural Autobiography
The purpose of this assignment is to illustrate recognition of your own cultural background and how your worldview has been shaped by your family, role models and life experiences. This autobiography will help you express an appreciation for your own cultural identity and discover potential areas of development.
Begin by defining individuals that you consider family members. This includes, for example, parents or guardians, siblings and/or grandparents. Important information about these individuals includes places of birth, travel (if any), age, spiritual/religious beliefs, occupation, educational history, ethnicity, birth order, etc. In this description include the cultural heritage each individual and summarize the belief system of your family in general, including specific family values, religious and cultural practices, ceremonies, beliefs, and holiday celebrations. If possible, interview these individuals in an effort to gain new insight into your cultural heritage.
Next critically evaluate experiences in which you feel have had significant relevance in your multicultural development. Include both positive and negative experiences if applicable.
After taking a look at these influencing factors, critically examine and discuss who you are as a cultural being, including your racial identity. Think about your own development, functioning, values, behaviors and worldview and how you feel your family history, chosen role models, and experiences have shaped you. Describe how your life would be different had these cultural influences not been there. Be sure to include a description of interpersonal expectations for yourself and lifestyle choices. Finally, having taken a close look at your cultural autobiography, include potential biases which may influence how you interact with others. This could include, for example, favoring individuals of your own heritage or unconscious biases towards a certain cultural group.
Be sure to address each topic listed above and, as appropriate, cite the online course, the textbook, and other credible sources to substantiate the points you are making. For example, when discussing your racial identity please cite sources which you have referenced to better understand what this term means or use the text or lecture to substantiate points you are making about how gender has influenced your cultural development.
This paper should be approximately 4-6 pages and is due on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Analyzed and defined the cultural and ethnic background of family members and/or role models from personal life. 20
Defined cultural customs, rituals, or religious practices important to shaping personal life. 12
Critically evaluates experiences of significant relevance in personal multicultural development. 20
Critically examines and discusses personal cultural being including development, functioning, values, behaviors and worldview. Discusses how family history, chosen role models, and experiences contributed. 48
Discusses personal racial identity. 20
Discusses how life may have been different without cultural influences. 12
Describes interpersonal expectations for lifestyle choices. 12 Properly cites two or more eternal scholarly references. 12
Style (4 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (12 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (12 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (16 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style 44 Total: 200
4 m Assignment 2: Living With a Disability
When Shelly saw Ms. Jones in a wheelchair, she felt sorry for her. She said a little prayer of thanks that she could walk and move freely without any hindrance. However, feeling badly for a person and actually sitting in the wheelchair for another vantage point is very different.
Imagine that you suffered an accident six months ago. The accident left you partially paralyzed from the waist down. You are currently seeking counseling from a professional specializing in working with individuals who have disabilities. It has been a difficult six months. Your central concerns relate to the emotional and physical adjustments you must now make in relation to your family, job, and future plans. You are permanently in a wheelchair and have limited use of your legs but full use of your arms and upper body. Identify three major issues that you think you would need to work through in therapy. Explain what aspect of each issue is problematic for you. Explain how your views on intimacy, usefulness, and security will change for you to make the necessary adjustments for living with the disability. How well do you think you would cope with this situation if you faced something similar in real life?
Submit your response to the M4: Assignment 2 Dropbox by Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Your response should be at least two pages long. All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources. Assignment 2 Grading Criteria Maximum PointsIdentified at least three emotional, relational, or physical issues that could be indicative of a newly paralyzed person. 25 Analyzed how your views on the issues of intimacy, usefulness, and security would be affected during the adjustment period to being disabled. 25 Assessed the ability to cope with this type of disability if it were to happen to you. 40 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 10 Total:
Unit 5: Module 5 â€“ M5 Assignment 1
5 m Assignment 1: LASA 2: Discrimination: Reflection and Interview
Watch the Frontline program online.
Frontline: A Class Divided http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/divided/
A Class Divided explores the nature of prejudice. Third grade teacher Jane Elliott deliberately created a classroom situation to teach her students how it feels to be on the receiving end of discrimination. This is an encore presentation of the classic documentary on third-grade teacher Jane Elliottâ€™s â€œblue eyes/brown eyesâ€ exercise, originally conducted in the days following the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. This classic classroom experiment, conducted in the late 1960s in a small Midwestern town, demonstrates how quickly and easily schoolchildren can internalize prejudice and discriminate. Years later, these children discuss the valuable lessons they learned from this experiment. Elliott employs this same teaching strategy with a group of adults in the workplace, and discusses their reactions.
This assignment is designed to allow you to synthesize what you have been learning about the various dimensions of diversity and the necessity of treating everyone in an inclusive, sensitive and respectful manner.
Discrimination Paper Part I: Interpersonal Reflection
After viewing the video, consider the following questions and write your response. Your response should be 4-5 pages and should address each question thoroughly, reflecting an accurate representation of what you have learned in this course. Demonstrate scholarship by utilizing supporting resources to justify your ideas and responses: What did you learn from the film? What scene or scenes do you think youâ€™ll still remember a month from now and why those scenes? Did any part of the film surprise you? Do you think someone with a disability, of a different sexual orientation, an older American or some of a different religion would also find it surprising? Why or why not? Both Elliott and her former students talk about whether this exercise should be done with all children. What do you think? If the exercise could be harmful to children, as Elliott suggests, what do you think actual discrimination might do? Use an example, different from the example you used to describe labels, from what you have learned about people with disabilities, older people, sexual minorities, or people of differing religions. How can negative and positive labels placed on a group become self-fulfilling prophecies? Use an example from what you have learned about people with disabilities, older people, sexual minorities, or people of differing religions. Based on what you have learned in this course, discuss an example (either from the video or from your experiences) that illustrates each of the following statements: Dimensions of diversity may be hidden or visible. Dimensions of diversity are in a constant state of flux. Dimensions of diversity are not always clear-cut or easily defined.
Discrimination Paper Part II: Personal Interview
For Part II of this assignment, you will have a conversation with someone who you feel may have faced discrimination. Examples include someone with a disability, an older American, someone who is a sexual minority, or someone who lives in a multicultural family. After choosing an individual to interview, explain to this individual what you have seen in the Class Divided program. Invite them to watch the program, or parts of the program, with you. After watching or discussing the program, pose the following questions to the individual. Be sure to explain the reason for your questions and why you have selected them to participate in the interview: What, if any, discrimination do you experience? How have you coped with this situation? What do you think needs to change at the cultural level to reduce discrimination?
Following your refection (Part I listed above), add 2-3 pages to your paper which addresses the following: A description of the individual you chose to interview and why. Explain how you went about approaching this individual for the interview. What are your observations about the personâ€™s view of discrimination and how it affects his/her daily life? Did the interaction with the person change your view of discrimination? If so, explain how the interaction has affected you either positively or negatively. If it did not change your view of discrimination, explain why. How well do you think you would cope with discrimination from this personâ€™s perspective? Finally, what is the best manner in which to advocate for those facing discrimination? What actions will you change based on what you have learned in this course and how will you serve as an advocate for those individuals who face discrimination?
Your final assignment, consisting of both Part I and II, should be approximately 6 -8 pages. Be sure to address each topic listed above and, as appropriate, cite the online course, the textbook, and other credible sources to substantiate the points you are making. For example, when discussing an example of how diversity may be hidden or invisible cite sources, which you have referenced to substantiate the points you are making.
Submit your assignment to the M5: Assignment 1 Dropbox by Monday, August 17, 2015. Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points
Describes what was learned from the film and explains what scene(s) will be remembered. 20
Clarifies how some scenes were personally surprising and addresses how someone else may find the film surprising. 24
Expresses whether the class exercise should be done with all children. Provides an example of how discrimination impacts children. 20
Discusses positive and negative labeling and, with an example, depicts how labeling can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. 24
Provides examples that illustrate how diversity may be hidden, is in a constant state of flux, and how diversity is not always straightforward. 40
Interviews an individual different from them. Describes the individual and reasons for choosing the individual and provides observations about the individualâ€™s views on, and experience with, discrimination, and what specific challenges, if any, he or she has faced. 56
Explains whether this interview changed their personal view of discrimination and discusses how the student would cope with discrimination from this personâ€™s perspective. 24
Expresses, personally, how to advocate for those facing discrimination and future actions to take based on what has been learned in this course. 28
Style (8 points): Tone, audience, and word choice
Organization (16 points): Introduction, transitions, and conclusion
Usage and Mechanics (16 points): Grammar, spelling, and sentence structure
APA Elements (24 points): In text citations and references, paraphrasing, and appropriate use of quotations and other elements of style 64 Total: 300