Intercultural Interview Analysis


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COMM 377: Paper #2 – Intercultural InterviewThis assignment is worth up to 75 points.One of the best ways to learn about cultures (our own as well as others) is to engage with people from a different cultural background than your own. This paper helps you with that process. For this assignment, you will interview someone (for roughly 10 – 15 minutes) who belongs to a cultural group that is different from your own. You may not interview another student from this class. You must conduct the interview face to face. Interviews conducted via email are NOT acceptable.There is a list of possible interview questions at the end of this assignment. This list is provided as a resource to help you construct your own list of interview questions. You are not required to ask these questions. In fact, you will need to tailor the questions you ask based on the type of intercultural relationship that exists between you and your interviewee and/or the type of cultural differences that exist between you and your interviewee. This interview should have 3 objectives: 1) learn about your interviewee’s perspective of culture, 2) learn about a culture with which your interviewee identifies (How does s/he describe it? What beliefs, traditions, customs, values, etc. give the culture its unique identity?), and 3) learn your interviewee’s view of the role of communication in his/her culture. In all of the objectives, your interview should note how the culture and the communicative practices in question are similar and/or different from your own.Make and keep a recording of the interview (with the permission of the interviewee, of course!), and take notes during the interview so that you can remember insights that you might want to share in your essay.Write an 1800 – 2500 word essay in which you discuss the interview and analyze how your own culturalcommunication practices compare and/or contrast to those of your interviewee. Identify your interviewee and the cultural tradition(s) they identify that differs from your own. Explain how they describe and discuss their culture, what is important to that culture, what makes your interviewee identify with that culture, and how those things relate to your own cultural experiences and identity.You will turn in 3 things:1. Your list of interview questions2. Evidence of the interview (picture of yourself with the interviewee, screen shot of the skype conversation, audio recording, scan of your interview notes, etc.)3. The essayThere is not need to do outside research for this assignment, but if you do make a claim that does not arise from the interview and is not public knowledge or clearly intuitive, cite a reputable source (no random websites or weblogs, must have a clearly identifiable author). The same rules about academic dishonesty apply here that apply to all other written work. Your paper must be clear of any plagiarism oracademic dishonesty of any kind. If you are unclear about what constitutes academic dishonesty, see the link to Towson’s Academic Integrity Policy included in the syllabus. In short, do your own work, and when you use other people’s ideas cite them. If you use other people’s words, quote them. Make sure your paper is well organized. It should be clearly written, display correct spelling, grammar, and
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punctuation. Proofread the final product before your turn the paper in. If I find an inordinate number of errors, your grade will suffer.Your paper should be well organized, with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion. Please use transitions to guide the reader from one section of your paper to another. Your paper should display correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Please note that I reserve the right to deduct one point, up toa total of 10%, for eachtypographical, grammatical, or spelling error found in your paper. To ensure thebest grade possible, please proofread your paper carefully.Please use correct APA format. Your paper should be in 12 pt, Times New Roman font with 1 inch margins. There is not a research requirement for this paper, but any research that is completed must be properly cited. Similarly, if you make a claim that is not public knowledge or clearly intuitive, please cite a reputable source (no random websites or weblogs). Additionally, you MUST indicate when you are quoting your interviewee directly by placing that content inside quotation marks. Your grade will be based on 1) your selection and defense of an appropriate interviewee, 2) your selection and application of interview questions 3) the quality and clarity of your analysis, and 4) the quality and clarity of your writing. You should also refer to your syllabus for what constitutes “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” and “F” level work. Your paper is due by 11:59 on Friday, April 8th, 2016 via Blackboard. Papers turned in after this time without prior arrangement with me WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
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