There are two (2) written assignments to be completed in this course: The Mid-Point Assignment,
and the Final Assignment. These two assignments are described in detail below.
Please be aware that all University Code of Student Behaviour and the principles of academic integrity
apply to these assignments. In particular:
1. You must always distinguish your own creations, ideas and wording, from any information
(words, ideas, images, etc.) you have quoted or paraphrased from another source. You are
expected to clearly show which ideas are your own, and which ideas (images, words, phrases,
etc.) you are quoting or paraphrasing from another source. For direct quotations where you
use information that is taken word-for-word from another source, quotation marks or block
quotes should be used.
2. You must cite ALL sources used with a University-accepted citation style such as APA.
These assessments are to be completed individually; collaborating or consulting other people while
completing this assignment is a serious academic offence
Please submit your assignment files via the eClass assignment submission tool . For a detailed
tutorial on how to use on this tool, please see the help files provided in the eClass Essentials website.
● You MUST submit your assignment in either a .doc or .docx file format, using the
appropriate eClass assignment submission tool.
● Please be sure that you carefully read the submission instructions on the assignment
submission page, as assignments not submitted in the appropriate format/manner
(such as via email) may be, at the discretion of the instructor, subject to late
penalties or not considered for grading.
Please include a cover page for each assignment including the following information:
– Your name and student ID
– Instructor’s name, course number and title
– Title of the essay
– Word count (not including cover page and references)
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Written Response—Culture, Globalization and Intercultural Adaptation
Word length: Approximately 1,250 words (5 double-spaced pages)
This course examines the meanings and practices of culture in various global contexts. An awareness
of your own cultural perspectives, as well as the perspectives of others, is a critical part of developing
intercultural competencies. Recall that in modules 1-3, we look at the many intersecting aspects of
culture, globalization, and intercultural competence development and adaptation. For this assignment,
you will provide a written analysis of the cultural context in which you currently live or work. Drawing
on the materials and readings from modules 1-3 and other appropriate readings you choose as
references, you will identify and analyze the meanings and practices of culture within your current
living/working context (e.g., cultural perspectives, intercultural communication, impacts of
Specifically, be sure to address the following questions in your written analysis:
1. Characteristics of Culture. Briefly identify and describe the cultural characteristics of your
current work and/or life context. Explain the cultural perspectives and beliefs that you hold.
What impact might your perspectives have on your understandings of and interactions with
those from other cultural contexts?
2. Intercultural Communication in a Globalized World. What dimensions of culture have an
impact on intercultural communication in your current work and/or life context (e.g. Canada or
elsewhere in the world)? Providing one or two examples, explain both the local (i.e. where you
are now) and global (i.e. beyond the country you are in) aspects of cultural diversity that you
can recognize in your current day-to-day experiences (e.g., Can you see aspects of
globalization and/or marketization in your local environment?).
3. Intercultural Adaptation. Where are you positioned in the spectrum of DMIS? Can you reflect
and give one or two examples of how you adapted to new/different cultures in Canada or
For each question, make sure you provide an explanation and rationale that supports and
demonstrates your analysis.
Also, remember to provide a cover page, an introduction paragraph that frames your responses, and a
conclusion paragraph that synthesizes and summarizes your analysis.
The following criteria will be used to assess this assignment:
Clear and appropriate writing style, including proper use of grammar, vocabulary, sentence
structure, expression, citation of sources, etc.
Thorough written discussion that considers cultural characteristics and intersections from
different perspectives, demonstrating appropriate analysis of the topics and concepts listed in
the questions posed.
Effectively incorporates supporting information from a variety of relevant sources in order to
provide an accurate and balanced analysis of the questions posed. Use of a minimum of five
substantive sources for full marks.
TOTAL 30 marks
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