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COMPARATIVE VALUES AND BELIEFS SYSTEMS
Culture Unit Assignment 2


Task 1: Language Game
Describe your experience. In what ways is language important in communicating
culture?




Task 2: What are American Values?
Use the news resources provided to construct a list of 10 American values and beliefs.
Next to each value or belief you should note the number of the resource that illustrates
it.
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Task 3: Review Day 1 Simulation
Terms to Know                       Examples from Heelotia/Hokie simulation

Gestures: part of nonmaterial
culture; the use of one’s body to
communicate


Language: a system of symbols
to communicate abstract
thought


Values: ideas of what is
desirable in life
Norms: expectations, rules of
behavior
Sanctions: approval or
disapproval of behavior




Task 4: Homework
Read the last five pages of the packet provided in class titled “Culture.” Answer
the following questions in complete sentences. Where possible your answers should
include illustrations from class activities. Be sure to clearly define all underlined
terms.

     1. Why is language so significant to culture?




     2. How do sanctions work to reinforce the norms and values in a culture? Be
        sure to explain both positive and negative sanctions.




     3. Explain the difference between folkways and mores. What is a “taboo”? Give
        examples to enhance your answer.
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   4. How do subcultures and countercultures differ?




   5. Using specific examples from either the reading or your own experience,
      explain the difference between real and ideal culture.




   6. What are cultural universals? Are there customs or activities that exist in all
      cultures? Explain.




   7. What are the world’s main cultural trends? Explain the difference between
      cultural leveling and cultural diffusion. Give an example of each.

								
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