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Making Acquaintances: Differences and Similarities 

Please review the samples posted on Blackboard before starting your work. 

1. Each student will provide a brief two-page cultural write-up relating to his/her representative country (chosen for Making Acquaintances Part 1: Do’s and Don’ts): (20 points

  1. Historical background 
  2. Communication styles      (language, both verbal and non-verbal) 
  3. Beliefs (religion, family,      nature, etc.) 
  4. Society structure (gender      equality, role of children, family, ethnic groups, leaders, government,      political 

ideologies, hierarchies) 

VERY IMPORTANT – your final score will greatly depend on this.
In the next two sections, associations SHOULD be made with the value orientations addressed in the Values portion of this course: 

  • §  Human Nature      (Universalism-Particularism, Good/Evil, High-Context/Low-Context,      Uncertainty Avoidance) 
  • §  Relation to Nature      (Subjugation, Harmony, Mastery, Inner-/Outer-Directed) 
  • §  Activity Orientation      (Achievement/Ascription, Doing-Being-Being-Becoming) 
  • §  Human Relationships      (Affectivity/Affective Neutrality, Instrumental/Expressive, Self 

(Individualistic)/Collective (Collateral)/Linear, Egalitarian/Hierarchical, Power Distance) 

  • §  Relation to Time      (Past-Present-Future, Monochronic/Polychronic, Low-Context/High- 


2. Each student will provide a two-page list of ‘Reasons for Codes of Cultural Behavior’ for tourists visiting his/her representative country. This list will explain to tourists why it is important that they follow each of the Do’s and Don’ts (that you listed in your Making Acquaintances: Do’s and Don’t’s assignment), from the hosts’ cultural (values of the culture) perspective, and should include the following: (40 points

a. Five major ‘Do’s’ for tourists
i. At least one appropriate value orientation of the culture for each ‘Do’ (20 points) (Describe in detail 

one distinct value orientation for each Do. Do not repeat value orientations for the items on the list of 

b. Five major ‘Don’ts’ for tourists 

i. At least one appropriate value orientation of the culture for each ‘Don’t’ (20 points) (Describe in detail one distinct value orientation for each Don’t. Do not repeat value orientations for the items on the list of Don’t’s.) 

  1. Each student will provide      APA-style citations within the text whenever applicable and compile a list      of APA-style references (reference page) for all resources used in his/her      write-up (5 points
  2. On the ‘Making Acquaintances      Part 2’ discussion forum, each student will post his/her findings about      the representative country in a thread by the Submit ‘Making      Acquaintances: Differences and Similarities’ 

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