Culture and Ethnic Studies

What fascinates you or draws you to this topic?

The purpose of this assignment is to develop a strong, working foundation for your research paper. This week, you will identify a topic related to one of the following topics we will cover in class:
The legacy of racism
Religious oppression
Your topic proposal should include the following items and address the following questions. (The italicized text below shows examples of each required item.)
1. Identify the topic area you wish to pursue.
You may begin by thinking broad (for example, the legacy of racism in America).
2. Explain two reasons why you are interested in this topic and state your goal.
What fascinates you or draws you to this topic?
What is your intended goal?
To evoke change?
To make connections (show cause and effect)?
To introduce a new theory, solution, or idea?
3. Draft a thesis statement. (Narrow your topic and define your goal.)
Ask questions to identify a problem or an idea related to your topic and to help you narrow it down. For example:
What does the legacy of racism look like in the United States today?
How do we eliminate racism and violence against Black communities?
What is the Black Lives Matter campaign? Can it help?
Continue to think about your topic and consider your goal to create a one- or two- sentence thesis.
Example Thesis: The Black Lives Matter campaign is essential today because the legacy of racism in the United States persists and is well documented by state and vigilante violence inflicted on Black communities. The Black Lives Matter campaign can help destroy this legacy.
Your topic proposal should be approximately one page. Follow APA formatting. Review the rubric for more grading information.
For research tools and help, visit the ACC Library from the tab at the top of the page or from the main menu.
Points: 40
Due: Submit by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) at the end of Week 2.

Culture and Ethnic Studies

How did your organization begin or develop as an intentionally peace and justice organization?

Justice and Peacemaking Interview: Students will conduct a telephone, Zoom, or email interview with a leader in a religious or secular nonprofit organization that works for justice- related concerns (i.e., immigration, domestic violence, gun control, racial justice, at-risk shelter for teens, etc.) and write an 800-word essay that integrates the themes from the assigned readings and/or videos with the interview responses. You may choose a local, regional, or national person to interview about the role of spirituality for their work in peace and justice OR you may do independent research at the CSS Library of a famous person engaged in justice and peacemaking that relates to your chosen theme for your final AV synthesis learning project (detailed instructions for the research option are below). The references do not count as part of the 800 words.
Before you conduct the interview, make sure to carefully review the website of the organization the interviewee works for so that you are familiar with the overall background and focus of the work. (The website may answer some of the suggested questions, so the interview time can focus on content not included in the website.) Write an 800-word synthesis of the highlights of the interview. Include parenthetical references to at least three different assigned readings to show an academic connection from the content we are covering in class to the practical expression through peace and justice in the interviewee’s particular context.
Sample Zoom Interview: Here is a sample interview that was conducted by Kris Norris of Dr. Boursier. The interview theme/focus in this sample interview is the role of the interfaith community in working for peace and justice with immigration, so the questions did not cover the spirituality component which is the focus for the TRS 1420 interview. The sample interview shows how the interviewer asks open ended questions and then lets the interviewee (Dr. B in this case) share. The content of this Zoom interview also is

applicable and relevant as a source for the role of community for peace and justice work, a theme that is part of the Peace and Justice Synthesis of Learning AV Final Project.
Use the following questions to guide your interview, but remember to review the website first to see what information you can learn before the interview:
Questions: Interviews with Staff and Volunteers at Peace & Justice Organizations
1. Please state your name, the organization you (work/volunteer) with and your title there.
2. Can you tell me about how your organization works for peace and justice? What form of
service/ministry do you provide—direct care, hospitality, organizing, policy advocacy,
3. Which congregations or religious groups, if any, does your organization connect with in
your peace and justice work?
4. How did your organization begin or develop as an intentionally peace and justice
5. What do you see as being important about the peace and justice nature of your
organization and the work it does?
6. Why do you feel it’s important to (aid/advocate for) peace and justice in the way that you
7. What is the biggest challenge you and/or your organization have in your particular aspect
in working for peace and justice?
8. What do you feel is the most effective form of public education, advocacy, and/or
witness? Why?
9. Why do you think others in your organization, such as colleagues, volunteers, or
supporters, choose to do this work?

10. Do you see similarities in the way that you or your organization connects to people across religious and/or national boundaries?
11. Are there similarities in how you think of your work with people who are of a different nationality and perhaps different experiences than you, and people who are of different religious backgrounds than you?
12. What is your view about spirituality and its role in peace and justice?
13. How does spirituality impact your personal humanitarian work for peace and justice?
14. What gives you hope and encouragement to sustain you in your work for peace and
15. How does spirituality shape your concerns, goals, structure, and/or practices for peace
and justice?
16. Do you engage with the religious and/or spiritual lives of the people with whom you
work? If so, when, where, how, and in what context or capacity?
17. Are there significant differences between these kinds of connections – with people of
different nationality and of different religion?
18. How do you understand the relationship between religious communities and
19. What is the role of religious groups in engaging states/governments for peace and justice?
20. What is your parting advice for someone who is interested in becoming more involved in
working for peace and justice?
Peace & Justice Interview Synthesis Submission Includes:
Write a thesis statement that specifies the main point you will make about the person you interview and the work they do for peace and justice. Write a short introduction paragraph. Add

the thesis statement so it is the last sentence in the opening paragraph. Then write the body of the paper. Include an analysis section where you engage at least three of the academic sources we have already covered for class, bringing these in as conversation partners in your analysis of the interview (or research) synthesis. Write a short summary for the closing paragraph. Submit the paper following MLA (or APA) guidelines: typed, double-spaced, 12-point size, Times New Roman font, 1″ margins, and free of grammatical and spelling errors. Format the works cited reference list as “hanging text” in alphabetical order (with the A’s at the top and the Zs at the bottom). Here is a brilliant “how-to” video regarding how to format a Works Cited page in Google Docs. The overall settings to create the “hanging text” apply to MLA and APA. (The source below also is cited using MLA, it also serves as an example of how to cite a Y ouTube video using MLA.)
AmodtHo, Andria. “Formatting an MLA Works Cited Page in Google Docs.” YouTube. YouTube, 17 March 2016. Web. 7April 2022.
The paper should include the following elements:
1. Heading per MLA (or cover sheet per APA).
2. Introduction with thesis statement.
3. Body of the paper: Give a synthesis of the interview and include the role of spirituality of
the person you interviewed with their work in peace and justice.
4. Brief analysis that engages at least three of the academic sources we have already
covered in class.
5. Summary paragraph that connects back to your thesis statement.
6. Word count (body of paper; does not include works cited)
7. Bibliography of works cited (MLA or APA).

8. Include your last name as part of the Word doc file name that you upload for grading in Brightspace (i.e., Smith_Peace & Justice Interview Synthesis).
Citations: Whenever you include the exact words of a source other than yourself, you need to include those words within quotation marks. Include a parenthetical reference with the page number for the quote per MLA (or APA). Whenever you paraphrase material from any source (get an idea from somewhere other than yourself and use 100% all your own words to explain it), include an in-text citation that indicates the source per MLA (or APA) citation standards. Full bibliographic information must be given at the end of the paper.
How to format parenthetical references using MLA: a_in_text_citations_the_basics.html.
How to format parenthetical references using APA: text_citations_the_basics.html.
How to format a paper using MLA: a_general_format.html.
How to format a paper using APA: neral_format.html.

Culture and Ethnic Studies

Explain how the rationale is used to pass laws that target specific groups

Week 2 Discussion: The Racialization of the Law
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To Receive full credit, you will to write at least 150 words.
For an extra point on your posts, you can record audio or video: each must be at least 1 minute and 30 seconds to receive extra point.
Make sure that you listen and read other students responses and please make sure that you respond and comment to at least 2 other students. Please be respectful and collegial.
Look for the Rubric on the Upper Righthand Corner and click show Rubric.

In chapter 1 of City of Inmates, Lytle-Hernandez provides us historical perspective of the development of California from the Tongva people to the American occupation of California.
Briefly discuss the rationale for using the indigenous population in California and Los Angeles to build pueblo and city of Los Angeles. This spans from the Spanish moment through the Mexican period right through American occupation.
Explain how the rationale is used to pass laws that target specific groups. What does social conditions create in a society?
Due Friday by 1159pm

Culture and Ethnic Studies

Do you think they used enough background information?

Can you really learn things from youtube?
Assignment #2
Youtube review – choose an appropriate video from youtube about Japanese culture and write a summary and assessment of it.
The write-up should be two paragraphs.

Format for the assignment:
Give the title of the youtube video
first paragraph – what does the video explain? what makes the video effective?
second paragraph – what evidence or sources are used to explain? do you think they used enough background information? was anything missing that should have been included?

Culture and Ethnic Studies

What do you know from the culture, what did you learn from the experience, and what surprised you.

The speech should be more about the communication style, the culture, the people, the values of the culture, etc. the main points of the speech: main point 1: discuss the culture, what are the culture’s values, what some shared traditions or experiences.
Elaborate on the way the culture communicates; you will need to incorporate Hofstede’s cultural values.
Main point 2: discuss your experience with the culture. What do you know from the culture, what did you learn from the experience, and what surprised you. Etc.
Main point 3: discuss a current event impacting the culture.

Culture and Ethnic Studies

What cultural artifacts might help you to draw connections from the culture to the story?

Use the chart below to outline the elements of the Grand Narrative Story. You will use this outline as your scriipt for your Grand Narrative Video Assignment in module 7.
• Descriiption: In the descriiption column, you should summarize that part of the grand narrative story as if you were telling the story to someone from the culture you researched in your CQ Research Assignment. Focus on the most important details of that story element that would resonate with a person from that culture and use vocabulary that would make sense to a person from that culture. You should write in complete sentences when writing your story. Write 3-5 sentences about each element. Note that you should tell the story in your own words in this section (do not quote scriipture here).
• Scripture Reference: In the scriipture reference column, list scriiptures where you can find that part of the story in the Bible. You don’t have to quote the scriipture, just list the reference (i.e., Genesis 1:1).
• Cultural Connection: In the cultural connection column, you will practice contextualizing your story. Write 1-3 sentences about how someone from the culture you researched might respond to that part of the story. What cultural systems or cultural value orientations might help them to connect with that part of the story? What cultural artifacts might help you to draw connections from the culture to the story? You should rely heavily on the information you discovered in your CQ Research Assignment to complete this section.
Student Name Megan Fitch Course Section Number GLST220-B01
Country New Zealand Cultural Cluster (Anglo, Nordic Europe, Germanic Europe, Latin Europe, Latin America, Confucian Asia, Southern Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Arab) Anglo
Story Element Descriiption Scripture Reference Cultural Connection
Act 1: God Establishes His Kingdom
Act 2: Rebellion in the Kingdom
Act 3: The King Chooses Israel
Cain and Abel
Tower of Babel
Act 4: The Coming of the King
Virgin Birth
Incarnation and Deity (Fully God, Fully Man)
Jesus’ Life (person and ministry)
Jesus’ Death
Jesus’ Resurrection
Act 5: Spreading the News of the King
Holy Spirit
Act 6: The Return of the King
Christ’s Return

Culture and Ethnic Studies

What are the impacts, if any, of the video, “Rise of Nationalism” on the various political administrative systems?

Compare and contrast the political administrative systems of the British, French, Portuguese and Belgians in Africa. What are the impacts, if any, of the video, “Rise of Nationalism” on the various political administrative systems?

Culture and Ethnic Studies

Who are the winners and losers of globalization?

Course info:
In this course, the student will be able to:
• become aware of competing theoretical traditions in study of security
• have a better understanding of the concept of human security and its components
• have the ability to explain, evaluate, and criticize different aspects of human security
• understand the key international issues that are relevant to human security
• read, analyze and present on regular basis additional sources on the topics discussed in class
2 pages double spaced reflecting and stating a personal opinion on the required readings & the topic. “In what you read for today, what did you find most illuminating? Why?” “In what you read for today, what did you find most puzzling? Why?”
Relative info for the assignment:
* “Report by the commission on the measurement of economic performance and social progress.”
* “2018 Globalization Report Who Benefits Most from Globalization?”
* UNDP Human Development Report 2019 Overview p 1-23
* Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz on US economy
* Who are the winners and losers of globalization?
* “Political Activism, NGOs, and Globalization” Conversations with History

Culture and Ethnic Studies

What are the very circumstances affecting the readers at the time of the writing that prompted Paul to write the letter to them?

To conduct a historical-cultural analysis of Philippians 2:12-18, follow the step-by-step procedures below by placing your answers in the clickable answer blocks below. In the completion of this assignment, cite at least two peer-reviewed resources. Have the book of Philippians, Acts 16 and a concordance at hand (cite your source within the text of your answers). For details on the principles for historical-cultural interpretation, see IBI, 315-24.
Historical Background of the Book of Philippians:
Describe how Paul’s relationship with the recipients of the letter began (here you will need to consult Acts 16 as well the Book of Philippians). Compose one paragraph (250-300 words):
What are the very circumstances affecting the readers at the time of the writing that prompted Paul to write the letter to them? Read through the book of Philippians to detect these. Compose one paragraph (250-300 words):
What were Paul’s own circumstances at the time? How might this have influenced the tone or emphasis of his letter? Compose one paragraph (250-300 words):
How would you characterize Paul’s relationship with the Philippian Christians given their repeated contacts and his current absence from Philippi? Again, make sure you take into account information from the entire letter. Cite specific evidence from the letter. Compose one paragraph (250-300 words):
(Continue to p. 4)
Word/Concept Study in Historical Context. Select one of the following concept studies below, and compose one paragraph (250-300 words) about your view of the meaning of this concept in the context of Phil 2:12-18. Employ the resources of footnote 1 or the article listed below.
What can you discover about the “day of Christ” on which Paul desires to boast (v. 16)?
What is the background and meaning of “poured out like a drink offering” (v. 17)?
Read Vern Sheridan Poythress’ article, “‘Hold Fast’ Versus ‘Hold Out’ in Philippians 2:16,” Westminster Theological Journal 63 (2002), 45-63 (see Regent University Library/Database/ATLA Religion Database). Comment critically about the debated phrase in Phil 2:12-18, based on Poythress’ article.
Summary: Compose one paragraph summarizing your conclusions on the historical-cultural background of Philippians 2:12-18 in the literary context of Phil 2. How does this background information assist your understanding of what Paul states in Philippians 2:12-18?