Assignment: Thinking Critically About Your Own Culture

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Recall that your text defines cross-cultural psychology as “the critical and comparative study of cultural effects on human psychology” (Shiraev & Levy, 2017, p. 2). Throughout the course, you will be asked to think critically about your own culture so that you can understand how it differs from other cultures. To make those comparisons, you need to recognize defining qualities of your own culture. As you begin this examination process, keep in mind the definition of culture: a set of attitudes, behaviors, and symbols shared by a large group of people (Shiraev & Levy, 2017, p. 4).

For this Assignment, you will identify and analyze your own culture based on concepts covered in Week 1 of the course.

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that includes the following components. Be sure to reference the Learning Resources, including the media, in your Assignment. When providing examples, describe people and situations from outside of your own family.

  • Describe the attitudes, behaviors, and symbols that define your culture. (Be sure you address your larger cultural setting and not your family.)
  • Explain whether your culture is more traditional or nontraditional, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking.
  • Diagnose the power distance level in your culture and provide examples to explain your thinking.
  • Explain your culture’s uncertainty orientation and provide examples to illustrate your thinking.
  • Assess where your culture falls on the individualism-to-collectivism spectrum, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking.
  • Identify one or more cultural syndromes that are characteristic of your culture and provide an example for eachcultural syndrome to support your thinking.

Note: Support your responses within your Assignment with evidence from the assigned Learning Resources. Provide a reference list for resources you used for this Assignment.

you would answer the following questions drawn from concepts in cross-cultural psychology. For each question, keep in mind how cultures can range on a spectrum and aim to describe where your culture falls—clearly on one end, clearly on the other, or somewhere in between:

  • Is your culture more traditional or more nontraditional?
  • What is the power distance level in your culture?
  • What is your culture’s uncertainty orientation?
  • Is your culture more associated with individualism or with collectivism?
  • What cultural syndromes are characteristic of your culture?

Name: PSYC_2001_Wk1_Assignment_Rubric

A B C D F
Describe the attitudes, behaviors, and symbols that define your culture (be sure you address your larger cultural setting and not your family)

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt

Explain whether your culture is more traditional or nontraditional, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

Diagnose the power distance level in your culture, and provide examples to explain your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

Explain your culture’s uncertainty orientation, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

5 (6.67%) – 5 (6.67%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

4 (5.33%) – 4 (5.33%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

3.5 (4.67%) – 3.5 (4.67%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

3 (4%) – 3 (4%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

0 (0%) – 2 (2.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

Assess where your culture falls on the individualism-to-collectivism spectrum, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

Identify one or more cultural syndromes that are characteristic of your culture, and provide an example for each cultural syndrome to support your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt

Quality of Writing.
Writing is original, free of mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling (MUGS) errors, and follows academic writing expectations (AWE) guidelines for citing and referencing.

18 (24%) – 20 (26.67%)

No or very few MUGS errors
AND
Writing is always clear, well organized
AND
All work is properly citied and referenced as per AWE
AND
Writing is original and properly paraphrased; contains no direct quotes unless necessary.

16 (21.33%) – 17 (22.67%)

Few MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is mostly clear and organized
AND/OR
Work is mostly properly citied and referenced as per AWE
AND/OR
Majority of writing is original and properly paraphrased; contains no direct quotes unless necessary.

14 (18.67%) – 15 (20%)

Several MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is somewhat clear and organized
AND/OR
Some issues with proper citing and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
Some under-use of original writing; overuse of directly quoted content; material not all properly paraphrased.

12 (16%) – 13 (17.33%)

Many MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is unclear and disorganized
AND/OR
Many issues with proper citing and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
Mostly under-use of original writing; overuse of directly quoted content; material is not properly paraphrased.

0 (0%) – 11 (14.67%)

Excessive MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is extremely unclear and disorganized
AND/OR
No proper citations and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
No original writing; all directly quoted content; no proper paraphrasing.

Total Points: 75

Name: PSYC_2001_Wk1_Assignment_Rubric

Name: PSYC_2001_Wk1_Assignment_Rubric

A B C D F
Describe the attitudes, behaviors, and symbols that define your culture (be sure you address your larger cultural setting and not your family)

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt

Explain whether your culture is more traditional or nontraditional, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

Diagnose the power distance level in your culture, and provide examples to explain your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources

Explain your culture’s uncertainty orientation, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

5 (6.67%) – 5 (6.67%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

4 (5.33%) – 4 (5.33%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

3.5 (4.67%) – 3.5 (4.67%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

3 (4%) – 3 (4%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

0 (0%) – 2 (2.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

Assess where your culture falls on the individualism-to-collectivism spectrum, and provide examples to illustrate your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues
AND
Is supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
is not well-supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)
AND/OR
Is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt
AND/OR
is not supported by evidence from the assigned Learning Resources.

Identify one or more cultural syndromes that are characteristic of your culture, and provide an example for each cultural syndrome to support your thinking

9 (12%) – 10 (13.33%)

Excellent application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

8 (10.67%) – 8 (10.67%)

Good application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues

7 (9.33%) – 7 (9.33%)

Average application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (lacking some information or details; and/or has some inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

6 (8%) – 6 (8%)

Weak application/analysis of concepts, skills, or issues (substantially lacking information or details; and/or has several inaccuracies; and/or demonstrates a lack of understanding)

0 (0%) – 5 (6.67%)

Substantially lacking in information or details; and/or has many inaccuracies; and/or does not address the prompt

Quality of Writing.
Writing is original, free of mechanics, usage, grammar, or spelling (MUGS) errors, and follows academic writing expectations (AWE) guidelines for citing and referencing.

18 (24%) – 20 (26.67%)

No or very few MUGS errors
AND
Writing is always clear, well organized
AND
All work is properly citied and referenced as per AWE
AND
Writing is original and properly paraphrased; contains no direct quotes unless necessary.

16 (21.33%) – 17 (22.67%)

Few MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is mostly clear and organized
AND/OR
Work is mostly properly citied and referenced as per AWE
AND/OR
Majority of writing is original and properly paraphrased; contains no direct quotes unless necessary.

14 (18.67%) – 15 (20%)

Several MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is somewhat clear and organized
AND/OR
Some issues with proper citing and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
Some under-use of original writing; overuse of directly quoted content; material not all properly paraphrased.

12 (16%) – 13 (17.33%)

Many MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is unclear and disorganized
AND/OR
Many issues with proper citing and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
Mostly under-use of original writing; overuse of directly quoted content; material is not properly paraphrased.

0 (0%) – 11 (14.67%)

Excessive MUGS errors
AND/OR
Writing is extremely unclear and disorganized
AND/OR
No proper citations and referencing as per AWE
AND/OR
No original writing; all directly quoted content; no proper paraphrasing.

Total Points: 75

Name: PSYC_2001_Wk1_Assignment_Rubric

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