Individual in Community Project
Rationale: To fulfill one of the goals of our Hub unit, Individual in Community, you will engage with another community and reflect on your experience in writing as well as share your experience with the rest of the class. The goal of this project is two fold. First, you will develop a sense of community, which you might miss due to COVID 19. Second, you will learn about another community and teach other students in our class about that community. Please note that it’s up to you whether you’d like to attend the event in person or online. If you don’t feel comfortable attending an event in person due to COVID19-related concerns, feel free to attend a virtual community event.
Instructions: Step 1: Attend an event. First, you will take part in an activity, in which you learn about a community that you are NOT familiar with. You can attend the event alone or with up to two other students in this class. However, keep in mind that the goal of this activity is to educate yourself about another community—so, while you are encouraged to have fun too, make sure not to lose track of the task itself!
Attend a BU event or a local event that you have never been to and that focuses on issues and communities you are not very familiar with. Some examples of relevant events are: cultural festivals, lectures, sporting events, religious services, etc. Take notes about the event and take photographs, if allowed (if photos are prohibited, you can create a drawing or a sketch). You can also collect any relevant and informative artifacts, such as handouts, brochures, etc. Finally, write down any questions you have about the event and the community it represents. If you are interested in participating in an event that is not listed here, please talk to Dr. Zhao first to get approval.
Step 2: Educate yourself. Afterwards, you will do some informal research to learn more about the community that you are learning about. The goal of this research is to gain more context information about the event you attended and to answer the questions you wrote down during the event. The type of research you conduct and the kinds of sources you use will largely depend on the questions you have; for example, you could read some articles online, talk to a member of that community, talk to a BU professor who has expertise with that community, watch a movie about that community, etc.
Step 3: Write a reflection. Next, you will write a semi-formal reflection about your experience (if you attend the event with others, each person must submit their own reflection). In your reflection, make sure to:
- Introduce the event and the community. List the event’s name/type, the date and time of the event, and who you attended it with. In addition, briefly explain why you chose this event and why you wanted to learn about this particular community.
- Describe the event in detail. Use your notes to describe the event and list your observations. In addition, explain what you learned about the community from this event and what questions arose in your mind during the event.
- Provide additional information. Explain what research you conducted to learn more about the community and summarize the most important and interesting information you gained from your research, as well as try to answer the questions you had posed to yourself.
Step 4: Educate others. Each student will informally share their experiences with the rest of the class on December 6. These will NOT be a formal presentation, but more of a discussion about the event you attended and what you learned about a new community from the event and from your research. Above all, the goal of the discussion will be for us all to learn something from YOU. You will also show us your photos and any other relevant artifacts or materials you gathered during the event or during your research.
the reflection General guidelines
Your written reflection should be written in a semi-formal manner. While the text can be more personal and creative than in a typical paper, keep in mind that you are writing to an academic audience. This means you should use an appropriate register, as well as proofread and polish your writing before submitting it. The reflection should be between 350-500 words long. If you’d like to include any visual aids, please paste them directly into your file as images; do NOT submit additional files.