Intercultural Communication Course Paper Guidelines
Final Paper:
▪ Grade value: 20% of the course grade
▪ Due date: June 9th by 11:59 PM
▪ Submission method: Word document uploaded to Canvas
This assignment asks you to learn more about a specific concept or issue studied during our course and reflect on its applicability to your own life and society at large.
The first step in completing this project is to choose a clear concept or practical issue discussed throughout the course. For instance, you may find the idea of the digital divide and its effect on intercultural communication or the issue of white privilege in our culture interesting. Choose something that you care about or that you find useful in some way that connects to intercultural communication and what we have learned in this course!
Second, you should conduct research about this concept/issue so that you are able to explain it in your paper. This portion will entail you going beyond our class discussions and searching the available literature on the concept/issue as well as synthesizing the main findings that are relevant to this concept/issue.
Third, you should write and submit the actual paper. The paper should be 5-6 pages (double-spaced, excluding cover page and references), and demonstrate your ability to explain and apply a course concept to your everyday life. You should focus on the usefulness of this concept/issue in your everyday life and the broader implications this concept has for our society. This is the key aspect of the paper in which you should make an argument of your own and really demonstrate you have thought about how this concept expands beyond the class.
A successful course paper will include an explanation of the concept/issue chosen, with adequate and sufficient review of literature on the concept/issue, and a thoughtful, in-depth reflection of how you can relate to this concept/issue and how you see this concept play out in our society. You must incorporate at least eight sources, both scholarly and non-scholarly (e.g. books, peer-reviewed journal articles, dissertations, newspaper articles, company websites, and online discussion forums) pertinent to your topic, beyond class material.
The paper should contain an introduction with a clear thesis statement, a body, a relevant conclusion, and logically structured paragraphs. Language should be clear and concise, free of grammatical and spelling errors. All material should be formatted according to the APA manual, 7th edition. Any information taken from a source must be documented appropriately both in the body of the paper and in the references.
The paper will be graded based on the following evaluation form:
Points to be Earned Requirements
20 Structure:
Is organized well, with a clear introduction, conclusion, and logically structured paragraphs
60 Content:
Describes well the concept/issue chosen with an adequate review of the relevant research conducted on the concept/issue
Provides an insightful reflection, with concrete elements identified and explained well
Incorporates relevant sources, meets the required number of sources, and cites material incorporated from those sources correctly
20 Writing and formatting:
Is formatted correctly according to APA 7th edition, including the formatting of sources in the body of the paper and in the references. Has clear and concise language, free of grammatical, punctuation, and spelling errors
100 Total
Textbook:
Intercultural Communication in Contexts 8th Edition, By Judith Martin
(If you need access to the textbook, plz contact me)

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