Individual in Community Project

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.


Submission of

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.