We cover the concept of culture. We will learn about cultural difference, the elements of culture, and the importance of culture in society. Answer both of the following questions.
1. There are three types of culture: material, cognitive, and normative. Which type do you think has the most impact on self-development? Why? Feel free to share personal examples in your discussion.
2. Describe a cultural experience that you encountered that was different from your own daily cultural experience. How were some of the elements of culture (symbols, language, or values/beliefs/norms) different from your own daily culture? What surprised or fascinated you about the culture? Did you experience culture shock? How did you try to adapt to the new culture?
Note: Cultural experiences can include foreign travel but different cultural experiences can also be experienced in your nation, state, or even in your own local community. For example you may have a friend, co-worker, or family member that introduced you to a different cultural experience through food or an event. You may have experienced a neighborhood, town, city, or rural area that was different from your own daily culture.