culture assignment



Read Part 5 of Who Speaks for Justice: “The Problem is Cultural”, pgs. 161 – 239

As you read, make notes about your reactions, assumptions, implications, arguments, questions (see prompts in instructions) The idea of personal responses are to engage in thoughtful internal dialogue about the idea of global issues and education. You should attempt, in your understanding of the readings to get “underneath” what you read in order to understand the social, political, and cultural underpinnings of the issues. Reading critically involves more than understanding the words or liking or disliking the texts; critical reading requires reflection.

Some prompts are helpful for how you should approach these assignments. As you consider your reflections, think about these questions: (a) what are the texts’ assumptions about the phenomena being discussed? (b) What are the implications of the assumptions and/or the arguments? (c) What is at stake in the texts arguments for the authors and for you? (d) Who (or what) are the authors arguing for or against? (e) How do the authors construct and articulate their arguments? (f) How do the texts “fit” (or not fit) in relation to your own thought and practice? (g) What questions did you find yourself asking after doing the reading? Please do not simply summarize the readings.

Write your critical response connecting the content from the text with your responses to the prompts.

Your response should be written in a narrative form that is evident of engaging with the content and reflection.


What are some of the ways you answer the question: “What does it mean to be a member of your culture?” What does that look like to an outsider? What makes your culture different from others?

  • The Blog is an extension of the readings/assignments from the course and the text, Who Speaks for Justice and other assigned readings/videos. You are expected to share information and ideas regarding the readings in the blog. The blog will remain open for follow-up and ideas throughout the semester. It is advised that you revisit as needed, as you may come across items of interest to share with your colleagues. Given that we are in a changing political and social landscape right now, I am sure much will arise for you to share.
  • The blog is a place to carry out discussion, share thoughts and ideas, connect ideas, read and connect with classmates. On the blog, your post may be a simple or complex. There is no right or wrong way to respond to the readings/videos. However you choose to post, be sure to include an explanation as to why you are posting your item and how it connects. Below are items you may want to include in your blog posts:
    • Clearly worded response to the ideas in the readings
    • Videos about the reading topics
    • Articles about the reading topics
    • Art/creative works about the reading topics
    • Poetry about the reading topics
    • Personal video reactions to the reading topics

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