EDEL 103, Lessow-Hurley
Assignments Spring 2010
EDEL 103 – Spring 2010
During the semester there will be opportunities in and out of class to demonstrate
preparation and participation. These opportunities will allow you to earn 25
points. Each opportunity will be worth between one and three points. For in-class
assignments you must be present to win. If you miss class or arrive too late to
participate, you lose. There will be no repeats or make-ups. Some opportunities
will be announced in class, others via email. I will assume that you read your
email and that the address you have given me is current. You are responsible for
keeping me up-to-date on how to reach you.
You will be assigned to study a cultural/ethnic community in our area. This
assignment includes preliminary background work, a group designed oral
presentation and a final portfolio. You are asked to find ways to access your
community of study and above all to talk to people who forefront their ethnic
Constructing draft material will prepare you for your exploration, get you started
on your portfolio, and create opportunities for me to provide you with feedback
and guidance in this assignment.
You will submit three drafts, as outlined below. See the course calendar for due
dates. These can be done as papers, but do not need to be fully developed
papers and do not have to be prepared as they may appear in your final portfolio.
Your work should include data, sources, and some discussion of the usefulness
or importance of the information you have selected. Whatever you do, DO NOT
simply download Wikipedia or any other webpage. Be sure to cite all your
sources in a consistent manner. APA is recommended. If you don’t know what
that means, ASK!
Most importantly, focus your work on the LOCAL area, broadly defined.
Demographic data about your community, charts, graphs, maps, other
summary data: How many people, located/concentrated where
geographically, language use, age/income/SES. Again, FOCUS ON THE
LOCAL AREA, but remember that you may want to present a broader
perspective for comparison purposes. For example, “Hispanics” comprise
approximately 26% of the population of Santa Clara County. That’s an
interesting piece of data. But it’s not really information unless you know