• Mrs. Small
    Sociology
     
    CULTURAL DIVERSITY
    STUDYING THE MEANING OF CULTURE and CULTURAL VARIATION

    OBJECTIVE(S):
    - Define the meaning of term culture and explain how material culture and nonmaterial culture differ.
    - Identify and describe the basic components of culture.
    - Describe cultural universals and explain why they exist.
    - Explain what the terms ethnocentrism and cultural relativism mean.
    - Identity factors that account for variations among and within cultures.

    DAY ONE:
    1. Review Vocabulary Terms (Culture, Material and Non-Material Culture, Culture Relativism, Ethnocentrism)
    2. BLINK TEST (on paper) AND Implicit Association Test (on computer)
    3. Knowing your Classmates: Share Your Culture
    4. Choose a foreign culture or peoples. You will then focus on the cultural practice or belief that you find odd or unfamiliar within the group you choose.

    DAY TWO:
    1. Quickly model wikispaces editing and uploading.
    2. Students (in pairs) will conduct research in the library and investigate an ethnicity group of their choosing.
    The students will then find a foreign cultural practice or belief that they find odd or unfamiliar and then use cultural relativism to write a short paper analyzing the practice or belief.

    DAY THREE:
    Your group will design a wiki page.
    Your page will contain the following information
    - Name of culture
    - List material culture – physical objects that people create and use (automobiles, clothing, utensils)
    - List the language/dialect used in your culture
    - List cultural practice or odd belief – describe
    - Using cultural relativism explain the basic need that all societies must develop certain features to ensure their fulfillment.
    Share information learned with class.