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Choose an artifact and then use the four steps provided for analyzing artifacts. Build your problem-solving skills by following the steps to analyze cultural artifacts and articulate your own self- and social-awareness through looking at the experiences of yours and others.

Introduction

The calling of the humanities is to make us truly human in the best sense of the word.

– J. Irwin Miller, Industrialist

What makes humans . . . human? Part of the answer lies in the very different ways we express ourselves and our experiences (through art, architecture, music, religion, literature, and more). And with over 7.6 billion people on planet Earth, understanding how those expressions connect and distinguish us from one another is a critical part of becoming better citizens of the world (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d.).

Just a few generations ago, the odds of people from completely different backgrounds or communities crossing paths were small. But in today’s digital world, we have instant access to communities and cultures unlike our own. As we all come together to live, work, and share experiences, it is more important than ever that we understand our own perspectives and the perspectives of others so that we can see the big picture when facing complex issues.

You’ll explore how different cultures and groups demonstrate their unique perspectives on what it means to be human. As you do, you’ll discover how broadening your own perspective will help you better collaborate with others and solve problems in today’s global world.

In this course, you’ll develop three skills that will help you adapt in a global world. They are:

  • Problem solving: As you examine the art, literature, and music of other cultures, you’ll use critical thinking to frame problems, explain other people’s viewpoints, and create solutions informed by diverse and ethical perspectives.
  • Relationship building: While learning about cultures across different time periods, you will discover that even the earliest humans understood the importance of working with others.
  • Self-awareness and social awareness: Recognizing your thoughts, emotions, and intentions is a uniquely human trait, which is why it is fundamental to the study of humanities. By managing your responses to unfamiliar experiences and being open to new perspectives, you will better understand the people you encounter in your personal and professional life.

As you use these skills together, you’ll become better equipped to build collaborative relationships and solve diverse problems in a global workplace. You’ll also gain the awareness you need to recognize how social and cultural differences may impact the ways you interact with others.

In this assessment, you’ll learn more about the benefits of studying humanities and discover how you can strengthen your problem-solving, relationship-building, and self- and social-awareness skills in this course and beyond. Now get ready to explore other cultures, broaden your perspective, and discover what makes humans . . . human.

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

– Wayne Dyer, author and motivational speaker

Tacos or lasagna. Sushi or curry. Pickles or kimchi. The foods we were exposed to as kids—by our families, communities, religions, and geographical locations—shape our preferences as adults. And it’s not just about food. Our backgrounds influence the perspectives we have on music, literature, television, art, and more. By acknowledging this influence, we become better able to consider how the perspectives of others with different cultural backgrounds might also differ from our own.

In this assessment, you will strengthen your problem-solving and self- and social-awareness skills by exploring strategies that will help you examine artifacts from other cultures more objectively. Being able to recognize how perspectives affect the way we see the world will also help you better understand other points of view so you can tackle the challenges you face at home, work, and school and make the best decisions for your future.

Changing your perspectives will not only transform you, but also the whole world.

– Ji-Hae Park, violinist

Who was your favorite musician when you were a child? Are you still a fan of that artist today? You may still be an avid admirer, or you may cringe at the music you used to love. Either way, your perspective of that artist has probably changed over time. Your perspectives on music, art, culture, and more are constantly evolving as you grow, meet new people, have new experiences, travel, and learn more about the world around you.

In this assessment, you will continue to strengthen your problem-solving skills as you examine the personal and cultural experiences that influence the choices you make. You’ll also hone your self- and social-awareness skills by learning how to manage your reactions to things that may initially surprise you. As you explore more about your perspectives and how they are influenced by your experiences, you’ll be better able to consider new perspectives, look at cultural artifacts objectively, and navigate through difficult issues at work or with friends.

References

BrainyQuote. (n.d.). Ji-Hae Park quotes. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/jihae_park_5675…

BrainyQuote. (n.d.). J. Irwin Miller quotes. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/j_irwin_miller_…

BrainyQuote. (n.d.). Wayne Dyer quotes. https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/wayne_dyer_3841…

Overview

This assessment gives you the opportunity to practice the skill of problem-solving and self- and social-awareness as you analyze how your personal experiences and perspective influence how you make decisions when examining artifacts that illustrate diverse and ethical perspectives.

In this assessment, you will choose a cultural artifact and analyze it using the strategies you’ve learned so far in the course. You’ll explore how your own personal experiences and perspective may have influenced your reaction to the artifact. By using these strategies, you’ll be better equipped with information to help you make more objective and informed decisions, solve complex problems and think through situations related to diversity and ethics, and build relationships and collaborate in the workplace and at home. As you follow these steps to analyze a cultural artifact, you are actively practicing the process of thinking through a problem and breaking it down into its parts, helping you to become a better problem solver across the board.

Additionally, self- and social-awareness and articulation skills are critical in navigating the workplace and working with others, whether at work or at home. This assessment will leverage what you have learned so far in the course to continue to explore information about the human experience and understand what perspectives you hold and how they impact the choices and decisions you make. In Assessments 2 and 3, you will be able to take the insights from this assessment and apply them to explaining the perspectives of others and collaborating with your fellow classmates toward a common goal. All along the way, you will continue to hone your self- and social-awareness skills to help you engage with others more effectively and more compassionately.

Preparation

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Instructions

Use the four steps for analyzing artifacts to analyze your cultural artifact. Use the Cultural Artifact Analysis Assessment Template [DOCX] to complete the following:

  • Step 1: Describe your reactions to the artifact including the artistic elements, time period, and materials used to create the artifact.
    • Describe your reactions to the artifact and how it makes you feel.
    • Identify elements such as shapes, colors, instruments, et cetera, that you see or hear.
    • Explain the reasoning and possible influences for choosing this artifact.
    • Identify additional information about the artifact such as the artist or musician, when it was created, and materials used.
      • If it’s a painting, what materials were used?
      • If it’s a piece of music, how long is the piece?
  • Step 2: Describe the historical and artistic contexts of the artifact.
    • Describe the historical context such as the time period, the place, and reasons why the artist might have had for creating the artifact.
    • Describe the artistic context such as the visual and aural techniques and symbols. Include reasons that explain why these techniques were used.
  • Step 3: Interpret the meaning of the artifact using the historical and artistic contexts to support the interpretation.
    • Discuss what you think the artist was trying to say through the artifact.
    • Use the historical context, artistic context, and specific details to support your conclusions about the artist’s message.
    • Connect your interpretation of the artifact to your own cultural lens and identify how your cultural lens influenced your interpretation.
  • Step 4: Connect to the cultural values conveyed through the artifact.
    • Identify two cultural values that you believe the artist was trying to convey through the artifact.
    • Relate the artist’s cultural values to your own. Examine the similarities or differences that you see between your cultural values and the artist’s cultural values.
  • Step 5: Reflect on what you learned about how culture shapes our perspectives and impacts the decisions you make about the meaning of the cultural artifact.
    • Explain how your cultural perspective shaped your response and connection with the artifact.
    • Describe how using the four steps for analyzing artifacts helped you to engage with the artifact and if your feelings about the artifact stayed the same or changed after you engaged with it more deeply.

Save your assessment with this title: Your Name_HUM-FPX1100_Assessment _1_Cultural_Artifact_Analysis.

Additional Requirements

Your submission should meet the following requirements:

  • Written communication: Write in complete sentences free from errors that detract from the overall message.
  • Font and font size: Arial, 12 point.
  • Citations: Include complete APA citations of your sources. Review the Evidence and APA section of the Writing Center for more information on how to cite your sources.

Competencies Measured

By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the course competencies through the following assessment scoring guide criteria:

  • Competency 3: Analyze cultural differences and similarities of people globally.
    • Describe one’s reactions to the artifact including the artistic elements, time period, and materials used to create the artifact.
    • Identify two cultural values conveyed through the artifact.
  • Competency 4: Analyze the role of culture and artistic expression in human thought and behavior.
    • Describe the historical and artistic contexts of the artifact.
    • Interpret the meaning of the artifact using the historical and artistic contexts to support the interpretation.
    • Reflect on the learnings on how culture shapes one’s perspectives and impacts the decisions one make about the meaning of the cultural artifact.
  • Competency 5: Address assessment purpose in a well-organized text, incorporating appropriate evidence and tone in grammatically sound sentences.
    • Write in a well-organized and concise manner that adheres to the rules of grammar, usage, and mechanics.

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