Throughout the course, you will engage in Discussions with classmates to share reflections on the concepts of each unit. The Discussions will also give you the opportunity to learn from the interpretations and perspectives of your classmates. This course itself will be a study in different social, political, and cultural influences, as the class is made up of individuals with varying views of the world. The Discussions will give you an opportunity to express your point of view. Be sure to write carefully and respond to classmates respectfully.
To make the most out of your learning experience and earn a good Discussion grade, you must answer the Discussion question and then respond substantially to at least two classmatesâ€™ postings for each unit Discussion. You should write at least 200 words in the original post; then you should post with content and detail on the posts to your peers. Aim for at least four sentences in each post to your peers, building the Discussion with references to the Reading, application in your life, or other information to help share your perspective. With the original reply and two posts to your peers, this means you will post three times to each Discussion Board. You will want to use APA format with in-text and full end reference for citation of sources, which can help to give credit to the research you used and also to distinguish between your ideas and the sources.
Topic 1: Your Cultural Expressions
Select one item of expression that you keep to preserve or create a cultural tradition, belief, practice, or custom. This could be a physical object, like prominently displaying a work of art from oneâ€™s ancestors as a way to maintain a link to that history. This could be a practice, such as Sunday dinner to preserve a family tradition from your childhood. It could also be a new endeavor, such as learning Bhangra Dancing to learn more about the culture of India.
Introduce the cultural expression and explain why it is important for you. Have there been challenges in preserving or creating this expression in your life? What have been the rewards of this expression in your experience and what have you learned from introducing or maintaining this tradition?