Taking stock of our background reports on the history and contemporary contexts of our featured neighborhood, our reflections on the identit(ies) and power dynamics of this neighborhood, as well as conversations we had with residents and other individuals in these neighborhoods, we take a moment to reflect on what we have learned or come to understand about intercultural communication as it functions through neighborhoods within cities.
As we reflect on our featured neighborhood(s), we utilize the following questions, among others, to guide our thinking:
- How does conceiving of neighborhoods and cities as sites for cultural contestation and intercultural communication complicate or nuance our understanding of the concept (of intercultural communication)?
- Why is context (historical, political, economic, social, physical, etc.) important to understandings of culture?
- How is space constructed and boundaries demarcated in ways that impact identit(ies) and power dynamics?
- How might culture influence communication within cities, or among residents and different neighborhoods within cities?
These reflections will usually run between 1,250-1,500 words.
Expect these reports on or before Monday, June 11, 2012.
The instructor will evaluate these reflections based on:
- Sources (diversity, quantity, quality, credibility, etc.): 10 points
- Comprehensiveness (ability to synthesize information introduced in previous posts and build on this): 10 points
- Complexity of Analysis (depth of thought, use of course themes and concepts, novelty of insights, etc.): 20 points
- Quality of writing/design (e.g. images, formatting, etc.): 10 points
Total: 50 points
Other forms of written evaluation and feedback is encouraged from classmates and those of you out there on the web that happen by our posts.