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Film-based Ethnography Observation Project For the film-based ethnographic obse

Film-based Ethnography Observation Project
For the film-based ethnographic observation project, select an appropriate film (either
documentary or general cinematic release film) and describe the culture and their behaviors as
demonstrated in the film with respect to the concepts that we are learning about in the class.
As part of your write up you will need to clearly name and connect at least five vocabulary
terms that we have covered to the observed behaviors. These terms can be from any chapter or
portion of the class and can be either from the same chapter or from different chapters. Make
sure that the terms are clearly identified by bolding them in your text.
In selecting the film, you will need to be mindful and deliberate about the culture(s) or
subculture(s) represented in the film. This should be a culture or subculture that you are not
generally familiar with and it should be a central component of the film.
Appropriate films include ethnographic documentaries that you can find on streaming services
or through our library film databases such as “Films on Demand” and “Kanopy”, or mainstream
films that directly describe either real or imagined cultures such as “Bend it Like Beckham” or
“Avatar”. It is up to you to find an appropriate film. If you pick a film to use and while writing up
your paper, you realize that you have insufficient material to use from the film, you will need to
start over.
Your paper will be 4-6 pages long and will clearly identify the film, the director and the year it
was made and also where you found it. You will also provide a brief synopsis of the film. The
majority of the paper will focus on the analysis of the culture and behaviors observed in the
film and their relation to the class content. An important part of ethnographic fieldwork (which
this project is meant to simulate) is learning how to take appropriate and meaningful notes, so
you will also be expected to submit your fieldnotes with the paper. The paper will be due as
identified on the syllabus schedule.
Your paper will be assessed on the following criteria:
– Meeting the page length parameters
– Identification of the film, director, year and source where you viewed it
– Clear synopsis of film
– Effective analysis of the behaviors presented in the film
– Identification of the five (minimum) vocabulary terms and correct usage of the terms
in the analysis of the culture
– Proper spelling and use of grammar
– Presence of your fieldnotes

Thought Papers should be roughly a page in length. In the papers you will discu

Thought Papers should be roughly a page in length. In the papers you will discuss some aspect of the readings, class discussion, films, or any other topic related to the material covered in the class. The papers can center around comments, questions, thoughts, insights, etc… There are no wrong ideas! The idea for the Thought Papers is that you will be able to collect your thoughts about the ideas we have been discussing and have an opportunity to examine ideas in more depth.

Thought Papers should be roughly a page in length. In the papers you will discu

Thought Papers should be roughly a page in length. In the papers you will discuss some aspect of the readings, class discussion, films, or any other topic related to the material covered in the class. The papers can center around comments, questions, thoughts, insights, etc… There are no wrong ideas! The idea for the Thought Papers is that you will be able to collect your thoughts about the ideas we have been discussing and have an opportunity to examine ideas in more depth.

“Ethnography is as real and important as the lives that it encounters, regardles

“Ethnography is as real and important as the lives that it encounters, regardless of their context. For Gebusi, traditional interests in kinship, social organization, and ritual, and exchange now broadened to include a full range of contemporary practices and institutions—markets, churches, schools, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the mosaic of social and cultural influences that tie people to their nation, their region and the larger world. To study such developments, cultural anthropology engages increasingly the full ambit of human cultures—from the most remote to the most urban, cosmopolitan, and digital.”
–Knauft (2016:114)
In the statement above the author discusses his impending return to his fieldwork site after 16 years. In one sense, this book has been about culture change of significant proportions. Knauft himself does not hesitate to address his surprise and thinking about examples of culture change.
Your task in essay assignment three is to answer the following, two-part question (three, double-spaced pages):
What are three key examples from Knauft’s experiences that reveal culture change, and how does Knauft explain the changes in ways that you think are either favorable or unfavorable?
As you answer this question be sure to include appropriate quotes from the book with their corresponding page numbers to strengthen your exposition..
Essay Writing Guide for Assignment # 3—Pointers and Criteria
Make notes for yourselves on three instances of observable culture change as Knauft describes them and thinks about them or considers them.
Lay out your own short analysis of each case—your reading or criticism of Knauft.
Introduce your essay by stating what you are writing about (might be best to do this after you have finished the first draft, or use a modifiable introduction).
Develop your cases/examples and your response to Knauft in the main section.
Conclude your paper with a few sentences—as a paragraph—that reiterate your main thoughts about the essay topic and your achievement—the written essay.
Write and re-write no fewer than three times before submitting.
Proofread carefully as you evaluate your writing.
Read your essays aloud to yourself. And…
Try to have someone you trust (owing to their good writing skills) read one of your drafts.
Check as best as you can for errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar, sentence structure and overall coherence.
Write a full heading—your name, date, class, instructor
Use a full title, e.g. “The Gebusi Essay” or “Culture Change among the Gebusi”
Separate the body of the essay from the title with a few vertical spaces.

Prompt: For well over 20 years, scholars have researched disparities in educatio

Prompt:
For well over 20 years, scholars have researched disparities in educational institutions. Present a compelling post on the following questions, and respond to at least two of your group members’ posts:
1) What evidence supports that students’ experience of educational inequity (of any kind – economic, racial/ethnic, gendered, abled, healthy/unhealthy, etc.) is not coincidental?
2) Offer one critique of how deficit models of learning operate in American educational institutions. How might that model countered through a pedagogy of empowerment? Be specific.
3) As a social institution, how is education in conversation with the “American Dream”?
Make sure to incorporate relevant terms and conceptual frameworks. Feel free to include personal experiences in addition to evidence presented in Module 12 (attached PDF).
Guidelines for discussion boards
The general guideline is, for each discussion, you will be expected to post one substantial paragraph (250 – 300 words) and respond to (at least) two of your classmates’ posts (attached PDF) with a substantial response (100 – 150 words).
By substantial we mean that you say more than just “I agree” or “great point”. You must explain yourself by referring back to the corresponding topic.

Pick two questions and answer. Each TQ answer should be a MINIMUM of 300 words.

Pick two questions and answer. Each TQ answer should be a MINIMUM of 300 words.
You must use at least two cited examples from the book, scientific articles, or outside research on .org, .gov, or .edu websites in each question.
***You must also add a discussion question after each post!!
3. Research gut microbes and parasites in humans (and other primates as relevant). Give us a detailed overview of the potential health benefits and detriments. Overall, would you want them in your gut? Why or why not?
Don’t forget to include a discussion question for your classmates! Cite your work.
4. Pick any one religion that you are NOT familiar with. First describe it using terms from class material (i.e. polytheist/monotheist, spirts/god/gods… that type of thing). Who practices this religion and where do practitioners live? What purposes doe this religion serve in this cultural group – use specific examples. Refer back to lecture for specific functions of religion. Finally, describe a rite of passage and a rite of intensification used by this religious group.
Don’t forget to include a discussion question for your classmates! Cite your work.

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