Overview and Guidelines
An important part of our course is researching information on diversity and multiculturalism and its social, cultural, and ethical impact upon individual citizens, groups of people, and society at large.
Below are four scenarios pertaining to cultural diversity. For this assignment, you will prepare a research paper that focuses on one of these scenarios, analyzing what happened, what the consequences either are or might be, and how the situation can be corrected and or prevented in the future. These must be concrete suggestions that could actually be implemented rather than vague references or opinions. While the situations have been fictionalized, there have been actual situations that are very similar. You will submit the report in three sections throughout the course, with a due date for each section. These due dates are posted on the Course Schedule.
The Course Project should be six to eight pages in length, with an additional Title page and Reference page(s). The Reference page should include a minimum of four different scholarly, academically accepted books and/or journals used. Do not use Wikipedia and similar encyclopedia websites, such as about.comor buzzle.com. Please review the detailed instructions for each phase of the project, which you can find in the Assignment tab for that week. Your project will be graded as follows.
- Week 2: Students will submit the research paper topic proposal. 25 points
- Week 4: Students will submit the reference list and outline of their research paper. 75 points
- Week 7: Students will submit the final version of their research paper. 150 points
Course Project—Topic Proposal
This week your Course Project topic proposal is due. Below are the guidelines for this proposal:
- Your proposal should be about a page in length, double-spaced. Include an APA-formatted title page.
- Choose from one of the four topic scenarios provided in the Course Project description under Course Home.
- Explain which topic scenario you selected, why you chose it, and why this topic is important to the study of cultural diversity.
- Briefly discuss what you expect to find (or what you would be interested in learning through your research) and how you intend to go about your research.
- Islam is a highly controversial and sensitive issue in today's world, and there are many misconceptions about its beliefs, values, and goals. For example, many Americans believe that most Muslims live in the Middle East, while in reality Indonesia has many more people of the Islamic faith. What this means is that Islam, like Judaism and Christianity, is practiced in many different cultures, and it both shapes and is shaped by those cultures. For this assignment, research the teachings of Islam and how they are interpreted and or practiced in different countries and cultures, including the United States, Great Britain, the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and other Asian countries. Additionally, how is it contrasted with Christianity and Judaism? How do these understandings impact the ways that Muslims and non-Muslims interact and communicate with one another?