Cultural exchanges in the work environment are complicated by their very nature. However, differences in race, ethnicity, class, gender, and religion can add to the complexity and further intensify even the most basic misunderstanding. In order for you to more fully comprehend this phenomenon, your first assignment (and the first of three for your course project) will begin in the context of the work place.
By successfully completing this assignment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assignment criteria:
Competency 1: Analyze the influence of culture on attitudes, values, perception, human behavior, and interpersonal relations.
Competency 2: Analyze individual cultural competencies.
Competency 3: Analyze culturally and developmentally appropriate intervention strategies.
Competency 4: Apply theories, methods, and research in cross-cultural awareness.
Competency 5: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with expectations for members of the human services profession.
Describe a fictional or real-life, work related conflict that has arisen from, and is complicated by, cultural differences. This scenario will serve as the basis for your course project.
Write a two-page narrative detailing pertinent information about your scenario including:
It is also important for you to be aware of your own cultural competencies or how well you are able to act with people from other cultures. At the end of this course, you will be asked to assess how participating in this course has contributed to your personal and professional growth. In order to do that, it is helpful to have a starting point for your reflection. Refer to the Sperry (2012) article on cultural competencies from this unit’s readings.
When you have completed your description, submit your paper in the assignment area. Your instructor will provide you with feedback and give his or her approval for your selected topic.
Note: Your instructor may also use the Writing Feedback Tool to provide feedback on your writing. In the tool, click the linked resources for helpful writing information.
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