Ant 101 week 5 assignment

  

Ashford 6: – Week 5 – Final Research Paper

 

Final Research Paper

Throughout this course, we have learned how culture is a powerful tool that allows humans to adapt to their own unique environments. To better understand cultural diversity, comparisons between cultures are often used to explain the similarities and differences across societies. To demonstrate your understanding of the adaptive nature of culture, you will prepare a research paper that requires you to think about what people are doing, why they are doing what they do, and how these behaviors tie in with their environment. 

In this paper, you will be comparing and contrasting one of the following topics in two cultures (other than your own), providing an analysis of the similarities and differences, and explaining why these differences might exist. 

In your Partial Rough Draft, you selected a topic from the following list:

  • Child rearing practices 
  • Healthcare practices 
  • The use of music or dance as a form of political      protest, or as a reflection of cultural issues, values and beliefs 
  • Rites of passage 
  • Conflict resolution 
  • Marriage practices 
  • Alternative gender roles 
  • An alternate topic that was approved by the instructor 

In Week Three, you conducted your research and completed a Partial Rough Draft of the Final Research Paper. The library research guide helped you choose a topic, two cultures, and conduct effective research. You have also received feedback from your instructor on this draft. It is important at this stage that you carefully take the time to review the feedback that was provided. If, based on this feedback, you feel the need to conduct any additional research, now is the time to visit the Ashford University Library and locate additional scholarly sources.

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For this assignment, you will expand your rough draft into a five- to seven-page research paper (excluding the title and reference pages) that contains the following components: 

  1. A discussion of how two cultures (other than your own)      approach the topic, including specific ethnographic examples. Be sure to      choose two specific and contemporary (currently existing) cultures. Terms      such as European, Asian, or African refer to continents, not cultures, and      are not appropriate for this paper. Describe the culture briefly,      including elements such as location, language, kinship, or other relevant      information. This helps the reader understand the cultural context of your      topic.
  2. A compare and contrast analysis how the two cultures      approach the topic from a culturally relativistic perspective.
  3. A discussion on the cultural context of the topic and      how it relates to symbolic systems such as religion, communication, or      ritual. Here, you can use what you described in section A and discuss how      it relates to your topic as it is found in the two cultures, which you      discussed in section B.

Take extra care as you are writing this paper to ensure that you have given proper consideration to all of the notes that were provided to you by your instructor. You will also want to allow plenty of time to proofread the Final Research Paper and double check for formatting and the use of proper citations. If you are concerned about plagiarism, please utilize the “Plagiarism Flow Chart.”

The paper must be five to seven pages in length, excluding the title and reference pages, and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. You must use at least three scholarly sources from the Ashford University Library to support your claims. Cite your sources within the text of your paper and on the reference page. For information regarding APA, including samples and tutorials, visit the Ashford Writing Center, located within the Learning Resources tab on the left navigation toolbar.

Writing the Final Research Paper

The Final Paper:

  1. Must be five to seven double-spaced pages in length,      excluding the title and reference pages, and formatted according to APA      style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center. 
  2. Must include a title page with the following: 
  1. Title of paper 
  2. Student’s name 
  3. Course name and number 
  4. Instructor’s name 
  5. Date submitted 
  6. Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a      succinct thesis statement. 
  7. Must address the topic of the paper with critical      thought. 
  8. Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis. 
  9. Must use at least three scholarly sources from the      Ashford University Library. 
  10. Must document all sources in APA style as outlined in      the Ashford Writing Center. 
  11. Must include a separate reference page that is      formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing      Center. 

The Ashford Writing Center (AWC) has two kinds of tutoring available to you.

  • Live Chat – If you have writing-related questions about a      topic before you draft a discussion post or submit a written assignment,      you will now be able to chat live with a tutor for a short (up to 20      minute) conversation. Live Chat will be available Monday through Friday      from 10:00-11:00 am and 4:00-5:00 pm (PST). AWC Live Chat
  • Email Paper Review – If you have a draft, partial draft, or even if      you’re having trouble getting started, you can complete a submission form      and email your paper to the AWC for review. 
  • Writing Tutors will do their best to return your paper       with their comments within 48 hours, not including Saturdays and Sundays.       Please plan accordingly if you would like to receive feedback before an       assignment due date. AWC Email Paper Review

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.
 

Late Policy: Written assignments (essays, journals, presentations) are due on the specified days in the course. Written assignments will be subject to a late penalty of up to 10% per day up to three days late. If written assignments are submitted after 72 hours past the due date, instructors can give a penalty up to and including a grade of 0 for the assignment.

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