Just another UVU Blogs weblog
Random header image... Refresh for more!

Self-Assessment Assignment

Upload this assignment to your blog but you do not have to tag it for our course. You do need to copy the URL and submit it to canvas.

CULTURAL SELF-ASSESSMENT: (This is a signature assignment for Communication Majors and should be included in your portfolio)
– Write a cultural self-assessment. Knowledge of intercultural communication begins with an understanding of one’s own cultural assumptions, socialization processes, and behaviors. Further, ongoing assessment of one’s own cultural norms will actively support improved intercultural communication. Cultural self-assessment is not a process that has an end. This assignment asks you to carefully consider the ideas and beliefs about cultural identity with which you grew up and those to which you continue to subscribe.
– Follow these guidelines:
– Include a one paragraph introduction and a one-to two paragraph conclusion
– Aim for depth rather than breadth. Strive for a narrow focus. Do not try to do too much.
– Make sure your writing is concise.
– Make sure your paper is well organized.
– Be sure to clearly include in-depth attention to the following areas in your paper:
– Introduction (one paragraph).
– Cultural identity overview (one page maximum). Briefly describe your own cultural identity, in terms of race, gender, and socioeconomic class. (Be sure to clearly state your gender, socioeconomic class, and race (race is different from ethnicity.) Also address other important cultural identifications you have (for example, religion, language, geographic region, or ability). Did you grow up in a small town or large city, both, either? Did you often come into contact with people who were culturally different from you?
– Ideas about Cultural Groups Different from Your Own (@2 pages). Choose two of the following cultural identifications: gender, race, socioeconomic class. For each of these two identifications, you will address several questions. (For example, if you identify as a white middle class woman, you might choose gender and race. In this section, you would discuss what you learned about men and what you learned about African Americans, Asian Americans, Latin Americans, and/or American Indians. If you are middle class and you choose socioeconomic class, you would discuss what you learned about working class and/or upper class people.) Please address the following: What did you learn about groups different from your own in these two identifications? Were these groups as intelligent as your own? Have similar values? Did they usually behave in any certain way? How did these groups fit into your worldview (or not)? If you heard from your parents or other people you knew that “everyone was equal” or that you should “treat everyone the same,” did your family come into contact with enough people different from themselves to put these beliefs into practice? Make concrete examples. Do NOT choose one group to represent both cultural groups. For example, if your two groups are gender and socioeconomic level then write about each separately not about an upper class woman.
– Sources of Cultural Knowledge and Input (@2 pages). In regards to the two groups different from your own that you chose above, from where did/do you get your knowledge? In other words, who have been and are your teachers about these groups? What are your sources of information? How has the media shaped your information about these two groups? This section must include attention to the ways in which the media has influenced your ideas about cultural groups different from your own.
– Conclusion (two paragraphs). For this section, you should articulate three questions/areas of interest you have related to intercultural communication. Be thoughtful and specific. Reflect on sections i-iv; tell me three areas in which you would like to know more by the end of the class. Be specific. Say more than “I am hoping to be better able to communicate with different cultures,” or “I want to understand more about different cultures.”