- Define your ingroup.What is the issue? What is your ingroup’s position on this issue? (5pts)
- Culture of the Ingroup(40 points)
- Define the culture of the people in your ingroup (shared beliefs, values, traditions/practices, norms).
- How has the group’s culture shaped your attitudes, thoughts, and behavior related to this issue?
- What contributions has this group made (to other group members, the community, the city, state, country)?
- Why is this group important to you? What types of things do you do (actions) to demonstrate your commitment and responsibility to the issue/position?
- Why is it important to actively engage with the group?
- Define the Outgroup. Take the same issue, and define the specific outgroupand its culture. This section will require research on your part. (30 points) What motivates the outgroup to think, feel, and act the way that it does?
- What is the group’s position on the issue?
- What is the culture of the outgroup and how does it influence how its members think about the issue?
- Why is this group important to its group members?
- What contributions has this group made?
- Compare and Contrast Ingroup and Outgroup(20 points)
Besides the obvious differences, why are their differences between the ingroup and outgroup? Apply what you have learned about psychology.
- Imagine that you must spend a day with members of the outgroupyou described above to address this important issue. (25 points)
- How do you think you would feel about the encounter? Why?
- How would you adapt your attitudes, thoughts, and behavior to demonstrate that you were willing to understand and successfully interact with members of the outgroup.
- What Mindset would you have as you prepare for this encounter? What heart set and skill set would you need to develop and/or apply for a successful encounter (see power point in eCampus)?
- Actual Engagement(10 points)
If you have engaged with members of the outgroup, describe the experience.
- Intercultural Competence and Engagement with Communities: (20 points)
- As you completed this assignment, did your thoughts and attitudes about the ingroup and/or outgroup change? If yes, how?
- Why is it important for people to understand each other’s cultures/perspectives?
- What have you learned from the research (and/or class discussion) that could be applied to help ingroup and outgroup members interact effectively to address this issue?
- Your discussion should be clear, concise, and in-depth. Answers should demonstrate knowledge and understanding of your ingroup’s culture and the outgroup’s culture, and how psychological principles apply to the similarities and differences between the groups.
- Do not rush through the assignment. Take time to think carefully about a group that is important to you. Think equally carefully about the outgroup (the group that feels differently about the same issue). You can get ideas for issues with opposing sides from the following databases. Opposing Viewpoints
(If these links do not work, visit the MVC Library.)
- Research aspects of the outgroup: read reputable articles; visit credible websites; talk to people who belong to the outgroup.
- As you develop your report, reflect on any social or cultural barriers to interactions with members of the outgroup. According to psychological principles, why is that?