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HUS 315- Intercultural Communication
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE POETRY ASSIGNMENT

PURPOSE
This writing assignment asks you to apply the knowledge you have learned in the class and apply it by 1) engaging in self-reflection and awareness around the topics of relevance to this course’s learning objectives around culture, differences, privileges, and communication; 2) closely examining social and personal biases of different groups and cultures.

As a creative writing piece, parts of this assignment may feel very personal. Know that your poem will be treated sensitively and confidentially. You are the ultimate judge of what you are comfortable sharing. Deep thinking and honesty with yourself about your personal encounters will generate greater understanding, acceptance, respect, and compassion for differences as a human being and human services professional.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Recognize key dimensions of diversity and cultural values differences (PLO #7).
  2. Identify the role of culture in influencing worldviews and patterns of communication (PLO #7).
  3. Recognize the role of power, privilege and prejudice in their own lives and lives of others (PLO #1, #5).
  4. Demonstrate culturally specific knowledge of communication patterns for individuals from diverse backgrounds (PLO#2)

REQUIREMENTS
You will be graded on the level of critical thinking and self-reflection that you convey in your poem, which means going beyond just answering the questions below.

At some point in our lives, we have been subjected to stereotypes and prejudices because of our identities; we have also acted upon our own stereotypes and prejudices of others because of their identities. In your poem, reflect on and write about a situation where you experienced a significant level of discomfort, were placed in a situation where you were exposed, or found yourself interacting with someone not in your comfort. What were your initial feelings? How did you react to the situation? How did you overcome your experience (i.e., feelings of discomfort)? What did you do to manage or overcome the situation? Now that you have gained more knowledge about intercultural communication, what do you wish you could have done differently in that situation?

You can approach the poem from one of the two perspectives, depending on what you are most comfortable with at this point in your development in intercultural communication and cultural humility:
a. Others’ reactions toward you in that situation
b. Your reactions toward the other(s) and the situation

Examples to get you started:
• Think about time when you interacted with individual(s) and/or groups who you were not accustomed to being around – for example, clients at your internship, strangers, or someone you know.
• What happened during that interaction?
• You may have found yourself in situations where you are the insider/outsider? How does it feel to be included/excluded? How do you react to those situations? What do you do to overcome your feelings and/or address the situation of being treated differently – do you accept it, or do you speak up?
• If you do not fit the U.S. status quo, how does it put you in a position of disempowerment? How does it reduce your privilege? What aspects of yourself did you feel judged for?
• You may have also acted upon stereotypes and prejudices you hold about individuals because of their identity. Some examples include: homeless, disability, mental illness, immigration status, ethnicity, gender. How did you feel and react to someone with an appearance, views, or beliefs that differed from yours? How did you engage with this individual? What did you struggle to overcome during the interaction (e.g. fear, discomfort, dislike, doubt). How did you make an effort to engage with that individual?

Your poem will be two-page in length (double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman or equivalent font, 1-inch margins; name and ID in the header, assignment name on the first line, no cover page needed).

Type of service: Academic Paper Writing
Type of assignment: Book report
Subject: Not defined
Pages/words: 2/550
Number of sources: 8
Academic level: Sophomore(college 2nd year)
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English