Requirements for the Written Paper
1. Select a culture: Ask yourself this question before you begin to research
your culture…am I able to describe all the ways of life including arts,
beliefs, and institutions of a population that are passed down from
generation to generation? Is this the way of life for an entire society?
Does the culture include codes of manners, norms, values, dress,
symbols, language, religion, ritual, artifacts, customs, laws, social
standards, traditions, and art…to list a few?
Below are a few examples but feel free to choose any culture.
a. Examples: French, Spaniards, United Kingdom, Greece, Italian,
Chinese, India, Mexican, Swedish….
b. Africa is not a culture; it is a continent but there are hundreds of
interesting cultures living on the continent. Maasai of Kenya and
Tanzania, Himba of northwest Namibia, Zulu of South Africa,
Bushman, San or Khoisan of Southern Africa, Southern Ndebele
tribe of South Africa, Samburu of Northern Kenya.
c. North America is also Multicultural…Amish, American Indians,
and Inuit are a few examples
d. Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola,
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina
e. Botswana, Brazil, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,
f. Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe,
g. Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, North Korea,
South Korea, Kuwait, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte,
h. Northern Ireland, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,
Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, West Bank, and Gaza
Strip, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay,
i. Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia
j. Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey,
Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine
k. Albanians, Alsatians, Andalusians, Aquitaine, Ashkenazic Jews,
Austrians, Auvergnat’s, Azoreans
The written component is twofold, including a paper and two article reviews.
You will examine visual forms of dress, sources of information, physical
aspects, social aspects, and aesthetic aspects. The final project will
demonstrate your knowledge through visuals and statements about the
The following 5 topic areas must be included within your written paper:
(Topics must be at least one page each.)
1. Identify the geographic location – Explain in detail how the location
influences dress, culture, and society. (past and/or present) (show
examples in PPT and paper)
2. Identify cultural beliefs – How do these beliefs influence dress, culture,
and society? (refer to text for cultural beliefs) (show examples in PPT
3. Identify cultural characteristics – How do these characteristics influence
dress, culture, and society? (refer to text for cultural characteristics)
(show examples in PPT and paper)
4. Identify cultural issues – What are the issues? How do these cultural
issues influence dress, culture, and society? (show examples in the PPT
5. How has this culture influenced western dress and appearance in the
past and present? (show examples in the PPT and paper)
The overall length of the paper must be at least 5 to 6 pages, equally focusing
on all five components.
Find two articles that reference one of the five topic areas. At the top of the
page…identify the topic area that the article references and the name of the
article. Include the first page of the article after the article review.
• You are to include two actual articles and a summary/reflection for each
article. Include a ½ page article summary and a ½ page article
reflection highlighting your opinion of each article as related to your
• Each article must relate to one of the five topic areas within your paper.
Identify which of the five topic areas relates to your article. State this
under your article heading.
– Include the first page of the article after the summary/reflection. Do not
include a link to the article
This project included a 5 to 6 paper and finding 2 article summaries and
making 2 summaries about it.
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