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Cultural Practice Paper
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cultural relativism
developing societies

How to Cite

Park, Kristin. 2011. “Cultural Practice Paper”. TRAILS: Teaching Resources and Innovations Library for Sociology, August. Washington DC: American Sociological Association.


In this paper you will investigate a contemporary practice from a culture other than the one in which you have primarily been raised. Remember that "cultures" sometimes but not always have the same boundaries as nation-states and you should take care to historically and culturally situate the practice that you study, or be clear that you are providing an...

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Subject Area(s):
Cultural Sociology
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Class Level(s):
College 100
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Usage Notes

Paper has been assigned in "Cultural Anthropology" and "Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective" classes. Both classes are also electives in Westminster College's Peace Studies minor and "Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective" is an elective in our Gender Studies minor.

Assignment is generally appropriate for Gender Studies and Sociology of Family...

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Learning Goals and Assessments

Learning Goal(s):

  1. To distinguish and practice the skills of a) objective description b) scholarly explanation and c) thoughtful ethical evaluation. These skills reflect the Understand, Analyze and Evaluate thinking skills in Bloom’s revised taxonomy (see Appendix).
  2. To explore alternative possibilities for social organization and cultural forms
  3. To apply and improve information literacy skills

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