HUM205 Writing Project
In this class, you will write a research paper. This paper will require you to obtain knowledge from the course material, so it is expected that you will work on it over the next few weeks as you learn more about humanities. (For the paper’s specific due date, refer to the schedule or calendar provided by your instructor.) Please review the instructions carefully.
Throughout this course, you will be learning about ideas, culture, and the arts as they relate to humanities. Understanding humanities through the arts, beliefs, customs, practices, values, and behaviors is an essential part of this course. By attending cultural events or experiencing them through available forms of media, you will be able to experience the diverse offerings of culture and artistic expression found in various communities. Experiencing cultural events outside of the classroom will broaden your horizons and allow you to gain unique insight into your own community as well as a broader global perspective of our world’s diverse cultures.
For this paper, you are required to study two cultural events and relate them to what you have learned about ideas, culture, and the arts in humanities. You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one cultural event in your local area, but it is not required if you are unable to do so. Instead, you may experience a cultural event through available forms of media, such as a learning-based television program or Internet video. (It is important to see and hear the event, so please do not simply read an article about it!)
What is the Definition of a Cultural Event?
For the purposes of this project, a cultural event must provide a higher learning experience about a culture through the lens of humanities. Listed below are examples of cultural events acceptable for this paper.
Cultural events include:
A visit to an art museum (Some museums have virtual tours online, so look for one if you are unable to physically visit an art museum.)
A visit to a history museum that provides information about the history of the local region
A performance of music, dance, or drama that reflects the culture in its performance
A writer’s book-reading session or poetry recitation about their culture or experience as a member of a specific culture
A cultural celebration in its own setting (i.e., Carnival in Rio de Janiero or The Hogbetsotso Festival in Ghana)
For each of your chosen cultural events, please consider the following as you write your paper:
Identify the cultural event. What is it? How did you “experience” it? Did you attend in person or watch it online?
Describe the cultural event as it reflects the culture of origin. Consider the ideas, beliefs, and practices of the people.
What is the history of the cultural event? Consider the historical context, the events or opinions that surrounded the origination of the event and the era in which it began.
Has the cultural event changed since it began?
What similarities does this event have to at least one other cultural event in another part of the world? Provide an example and explain how they are similar and how they differ.
Has this cultural event been influenced by other cultures? If so, explain.
Has this cultural event influenced other cultures? If so, explain.
APA format and documentation required (Note: An abstract is not required for this paper)
Paper must be typed, double-spaced on standard-sized paper (8.5″ x 11″) with 1″ margins on all sides.
APA recommends using 12 pt. Times New Roman font.
Paper must be at least 5 pages in length (not including the title and reference page)
At least 4 resources are required This means at least 2 resources per cultural event
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