The paper need to be a
minimum of 1,800 words about Hispanic culture and cite at least 8 different sources. You must have at least 2 scholarly article
citations and at least 2 citations from books and/or our textbook. Probably the rest will be web sources, though
they can certainly consist of other scholarly articles or books. If 1800 words is not met (not including
title, references page, etc.), 0 points will be earned on the paper.
In the paper, present the
culture and give necessary background information. This section should be less than one
quarter of the paper, but needs to let the reader know what the culture is,
where it is located, who the people are (any tribal or micro cultural
qualities), what language(s) is used, relevant history of the culture, and the
most significant qualities of the culture.
The next section, at
least half the paper, will be about the characteristics of the culture and
its elements and how they are transformed into communication choices in the
culture. You may choose to deal with
many of the culture characteristics, contexts, values, and codes that we have
talked about in class, but you may also specialize on just a couple of
characteristics (collectivism, power distance, uncertainty avoidance, etc.) or
values (family, nature, etc.) Describe the relevant cultural characteristics
and then demonstrate their communication counterparts in terms of roles, and
verbal and nonverbal code evidence.
Pictures, stories, experiences, and related artifacts could be very
useful in presenting the communication counterparts to the characteristics of
the culture. All of this is most
efficiently organized to flow with the paper’s final section.
The last section, more
than one quarter of the paper, consists of your comparing and contrasting
the culture under study with your own.
What are the most striking similarities and differences in terms of the
communication and meaning process between the two cultures? Where will the two cultures probably be able
to communication smoothly with the fewest problems in terms of
misinterpretations? (There may actually be no such situations.) Conversely, where might the problems
be? What will one culture do or assume
that will be quite different, hurtful, and insulting to the other? From these analyses what do people in your
culture need to be careful about and how do they need to change so as to get
the most from intercultural communication with the culture you have presented?
In terms of citations, when
a source is cited, it must include either the page number (in the case of paper
sources) or the paragraph number (in the case of a web pager) where the
relevant information came from. Further,
no more than 15% of the paper can be
verbatim material from other sources, and all of this must be appropriately
quoted. Otherwise, the paper will earn
For this final paper, the
grading rubric will be as follows. In
most cases, the points awarded are variable depending on the quality of the
The paper is 1800 words or more in length, not including References
Page, Title Page, or abstract – If not, then 0 points will be earned on