Rt Education 367.01, Ethnic Arts: A Means of Intercultural Communication

Paper Style and Format
All written assignments completed outside of class must be typed, meet required length, and should include:
§ A cover page with title, author s name, course title and assignment title (i.e., artist paper, rough draft, etc.), and date.
§ An engaging title for the paper.
§ Page numbers on all pages
§ Left and right margin: no larger than 1.5 ; Top and bottom margin: no larger than 1.0
§ Use 12 point Times or Times New Roman font
§ Double-space all lines, except quotes over 40 words, which must be single-spaced and indented one-half inch.
§ Spell check, proof read, and staple together.
§ Choose one of the following style sheets and follow it consistently: American Psychological Association, Chicago, Modern Language Association.

Instruction: Site Paper/Site Presentation:
In this assignment, you will need to visit (in person) a cultural site, observe its characteristics, gather information (brochures, photos, etc), write a 3-page typed, double-spaced paper, and give a short presentation. Your paper should demonstrate how visual images contribute to a sense of  place and should explain how these images relate to the individuals who visit the site, the immediate community and the larger social/cultural conditions. This assignment can be carried out as follows:
§ Choose a place about which you have some knowledge, familiarity and experience, or about which you would like to learn more.
§ Visit that cultural site and gather visual materials and information for analysis in your class presentation and paper.
§ Using the course concepts, effectively describe the site (The space, artifacts, arts, aesthetic focus, etc), critically reflect upon how the site s sense of  place is constructed from both what is present and absent (questions of representation) analyze its connection to its cultural context and interpret how the site is culturally significant at different levels (personal, community, national and/or international).
It could be any site such as museum, or Theatre, or fashion store. Actually I visit the ohio craft museum because I live in Ohio. But if you cant wirte about this, I think you can work on some general place in US such as fashion store like Coach, Nike, Abecrombie, any place that could be work for our topic.
If you work on other site, just please make sure that I can reach the place in Ohio, too.

****What should be included in this paper:

Introduction: Clearly state your thesis, and your position regarding your topic. What is the purpose of paper? why do you want to share this information? Be specific. How do you plan to examine your topic and support your thesis?

Body: Give brief historical information regarding your topic. Did you interview anyone? Include brief quates from the people you interviewed or books you have read. What are the present conditions surrounding your topic? Identify the visual culture associated with your topic. Identify the values, beliefs, contemporary social, political, and historical views that influence the practice you are examining. How has this practice shape your own and/or others identity construction? Does this practice reflect and/or reinforce individual and/or group identity? In which culture did this practice originate? Is it practiced in a specific geographic location or region? In what time period did this practice start? How is it different today than when it first originated? What is most important about this practice? Does it have any symbolic significance? How does all of this influence you and others that participate in this practice? Is anyone excluded from participating in this practice? Does it impact anyone who does not participate in it, in any significant way? Always keep in mind issues of gender, age, ethnic, affiliation, educaion, etc. (course concept issues). What real examples can you include in your paper regarding your topic? Have you personally seen or experienced the practice you are writing about? Include a discussion of how your own ethnic heritage, beliefs, and values affect your views about your topic. Be analytical in your reflection. Give scholarly information regarding your topic, support your interpretation with scholarly discourse (quotes from other writers will help you to do this). How does this practice influence the community of which it is a part? Does the practice have national and/or international impact? Does this practice exclude any particular people or raced of people? Is there a lack of representation in the pratice?
Spen more time intertreting and analyzing the topic than you do describing the topic.
*Quote at least three resources tha tsupport your thesis.

Conclusion : summarize your paper. Critically evaluate on the significance of your interpretations. Restate your thesis, affirming your position. What thave you learned from researching the topic? Have your views changed? What is the most important idea you would like to leave with the reader?

Assessment Criteria:
1. THe papers topic and thesis are clearly presented.
2. The argument is effectively organized an supported by outside information.
3. Style is appropriate to the purpose (expository writing) and the audience (general audience).
4. Mechanical and grammatical elements are controlled (sentence structure, paragraph trasition, development, word use, grammar, spelling).
5. Specific criteria of the class assignment have been met.

***Here is course description.

Art Education 367.01 is a GEC fulfilling requirements for a second writing course, art/humanities, and social diversity. This course critically investigates the relationships between issues of personal identity construction and the production, consumption and teaching of visual culture. Visual culture (which includes both visual art and popular media) is investigated as a site through which social and cultural definitions, norms and expectations are reinforced, constructed as well as critiqued. The goals/rationale for this GEC course is to develop students skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression and foster an understanding of the pluralistic nature of institutions, society, and culture in the United States. Through lectures/discussions, slides/videos, field trips, reading, and written and oral assignments, students will investigate the multiple social and political factors present in visual culture; critically reflect upon how our own social/political/cultural identity construction informs our perspectives, and develop practical methods of interpreting and researching visual art producers and production at the local, state, and national/international levels. The learning objectives are for students to:
1. Apply basic skills in expository writing;
2. Demonstrate critical thinking through written and oral expression;
3. Retrieve and use written information analytically and effectively;
4. Describe the roles of categories such as race, gender, class, ethnicity, and religion in the institutions and cultures of the United States;
5. Recognize the role of social diversity in shaping our own attitudes and values.

This course is designed to facilitate student learning and meet the goals and objectives by providing an opportunity to:

§ Analyze personal identity (age/race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/socio-economic status) and its construction as it determines everyday behaviors and choices.
§ Identify and examine ideas and issues, values and beliefs found in everyday visual media.
§ Interpret contemporary social and political views influencing the production and the consumption of visual culture.
§ Investigate conditions of change impacting visual culture: education, technology, economics, etc.
§ Improve critical thinking skills through careful description, analysis, interpretation and evaluation of readings, videos, presentations, and etc.
§ Refine skills in research methods, expository writing and oral communication.

This is an expository GEC writing course. All papers should describe, analyze and