Cultural anthropology: Becoming a minority of one

Going to church in a different culture -- Feeling like a foreigner

Field trip: Becoming a fish out of water

This assignment is designed to send you on a cross-cultural field trip where you become a minority of one. The worship part is not the central issue. The central objective of this assignment is to find yourself as a minority in a situation where you feel out of place and where you may be uncertain what is expected of you.

In your one to two-page report, don't tell me how you discovered people can worship in any culture. In fact, don't focus on the worship event itself.

I'm looking for what you felt. I want you to process whatever uncomfortable moments you felt. What took you out of your comfort zone? You may tell me that you did discover that God speaks more than one language.

Do not report on an experience you had months or years ago before this course began. It must be an experience you have had since starting this Cultural Anthropology course.

Possibilities

Sample student reports

    -- Howard Culbertson


Cultural Anthropology course resources:    Cultural Bingo icebreakers     Bwanda Fusa game    Cultural Anthropology case studies    Christianity and culture    Course home page    Culture shock    Ethnocentrism and monoculturalism    Exam study guides   Iceberg and concentric circles models of culture    Light bulb illustration: What do you see?     Missions and culture    My own culture shock     PowerPoint presentations used in class     Reading report   Reentry: Coming home    Research paper topic suggestions