We had another busy 90 minutes this morning! I sure wish we had more time.
At the start of class, you exchanged your reflection journals with your partner and discussed last week's topic. Your partner kept your journal this week, and will write his/her comments on your Topic #1 and his/her Topic #2. Remember to bring it to class next week.
Elements of Culture:
For today's lecture, we looked at the elements of culture: (a) symbols; (b) rituals; (c) values; and (d) heroes. We focused on Japanese culture since you need to know your own culture first before you can compare and contrast it to other cultures. Also, when you know your own culture, it can help you understand why you might cultural misunderstandings with those who are not from your culture.
Were you surprised to learn why there are so few trees in Tokyo?
1. Reflection Topic #2
2. Blog Posting #2
3. Reading, chapter 2, pp. 37-57
Reflection Topic #2:
Culture has four elements: (1) symbols; (2) rituals; (3) values; and (4) heroes.
Choose one culture. Describe a symbol, a ritual, a value and a hero from this culture.
If possible, try to include your personal experience when describing these elements (especially rituals and values).
Blog Question #2:
What is your impression of developing countries? How are they similar and/or different to Japan?
*Write 8-10 sentences.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Monday, April 20 by 6:00pm.
Next Week's Project
We will start a very special project in next week's lesson, so it is important that you don't miss our lesson. If you have to miss the lesson, you need to contact me by Monday, April 20 by 6:00pm. You will have to arrange a time to meet me later that week to get the project guidelines so that you can complete the first part of the project for the next lesson on Tuesday, April 28.