CASE STUDY PAPER
This assignment has 2 parts: case study draft is 15% of final grade and case study final is 20% of final grade.
Below are instructions for the case study final paper only.
- The case study final paper should be written after your draft paper has been graded.
- Start by reading the feedback and make the changes asked of you for the final paper and interview questions.
- Next conduct your interview. Take careful notes or record the interview if needed.
- The case study final paper should be 10 pages or less, not including the title page.
Ready to work on the case study final paper? Here are the content instructions.
Divide your paper in the following in the following way. Name each section like mentioned below. You can use sub-headings to write even more clearly.
- Introduction: this is from your case study draft paper. Make all changes asked of you in the graded draft paper.
- Cultural profile: this is from your case study draft paper. Make all changes asked of you in the graded draft paper.
- Interviewee background: this is from your case study draft paper. Make all changes asked of you in the graded draft paper.
- Interview questions: this is from your case study draft paper. Make all changes asked of you in the graded draft paper. If you changed the questions, write the new ones here, not the old ones.
- Interview findings: this section includes a paraphrased summary of your interview.
- Paragraph 1: Start by commenting on the interview setting. Where was it conducted, what was the general mood, how long was it, or if there were exceptions. For example, your interview lasted only 30mins or 3 hours and why, or what did you not get to discuss and why.
- Paragraph 2 to 4: Without directly quoting the interviewee or using a ‘he/she/they said’ language, give a summary of the different aspect(s) of culture you talked about. If 3 questions of the interview were about this one aspect, 3 about the second aspect and so on, you can club all responses for similar answers together.
- Paragraphs 1 and 2: Explain how the research and interview on each aspect of culture built your understanding of the specific concept(s) covered in class. For example, your research covered LGBTQ identification in Japan, and your interviewee gave real life perspectives on the same topic. What does it tell you about the concept(s) of gender as a social construct?
- Paragraph 3: Explain how the responses for this cultural group differ from, or are similar to the same aspect(s) in your cultural group.
- Paragraph 4: Explain if the overall research and interview on these aspect(s) of culture answered your hypothesis set forward in the introduction. Explain why you found a satisfactory answer or why not.
- Paragraph 1: Repeat the purpose of your paper, aspect(s) of culture, and concepts from the class you studied. Explain how you conducted the study (research, interview etc.)
- Paragraph 2: Repeat what you wanted to find out, and if your expectations were met.
Does writing matter for the case study final paper?
Yes! Writing well consistently is key in any getting, keeping, and moving head in any kind of paid job you will do. Plus, this assignment will help you fulfill the W requirement. These things are important to follow when writing your papers:
- Write in a formal (dry, boring, non-emotional) language. Academic papers should not read like an email, text, or conversation between friends.
- void common writing mistakes. These could include capitalizing mid-sentence, using texting language (LOL, OMG etc.), writing incomplete sentences, and using wrong terms for countries and cultures (like Columbia instead of Colombia or Islamian instead of Muslim, and labeling everything outside of the U.S. as third world).
- Have an outline (i.e., the sections and paragraphs mentioned above) and stick to it throughout the paper. Try not to repeat yourself too much.
- Make all the changes asked of you in the draft. This will help you practice good writing.
- Do not write in Q&A format, or directly quote the interviewee. I want to see your writing capabilities. To disincentivize reliance on others’ words, I will grade your paper at 50% if you write in Q&A format or directly quote the interviewer.
Does formatting (how the paper looks) matter?
Yes! Well written business proposals, policy papers, ideas fare better in the world of work than poorly written ones. So,
- Have a title page with your name, assignment name, course name and section, and the citation style followed.
- Use Calibri font in 11pt (default) font size.
- Write with normal margins (1inch on all sides).
- Write in paragraph format, not in bullet points.
- Use double spacing so I can write feedback clearly.
- Cite your sources, both in-text and at the end of the paper, using the same citation style you listed on the title page.
This is a lot to digest. What kind of help is available in completing these assignments?
- Use the assignment template to write your paper.
- Use these sample papers as a guide.
- For short technical questions, you can email me, come early, or stay after class to ask them.
- For longer discussions and feedback before submitting the paper, please meet me during office hours and bring your paper to the meeting.
How are you graded for the case study analysis final paper?
|Quality of content (up to 10 points)||Excellence in writing (up to 5 points)||Attention to formatting (up to 5 pts.)|
|– All sections of the paper are present and completed in entirety.
– Revisions from the grades case study draft paper are included.
– Any changes to the cultural profile/ researched portion still use FSU library resources, or the list of credible sources listed on the canvas page.
– The interview findings are not in Q&A format, and direct quotes are not used.
– Any claims made about the situation, people, and group at hand are supported by data, sources of information, and in-text citations.
– Data tables, figures, or any graphics used are clearly labeled and explained in the paper.
– The analysis of the cultural group is thoughtful and reflective and shows YOUR ability to write your thoughts clearly.
|– The paper is coherent such that one idea ties well to the second and so on. That is, it flows well.
– The paper is free of grammatical errors. Grammar includes verb tense, punctuation. For example, avoid using texting language (LOL, OMG etc.) and writing incomplete sentences.
– The paper is free of spelling errors. Spelling errors include oversights like using boarder instead of borders, or capitalizing words mid-sentence that are not proper nouns.
– Common cultural mistakes like using wrong terms for countries and cultures is avoided. For example, Columbia instead of Colombia, Islamian instead of Muslim, and referring to all non-western countries as third world.
|– The outline provided in content instructions is followed.
– Headings and sub-headings are used to help the reader understand the flow of the paper.
– Paper has a title page with your name, assignment name, course name and section, and the citation style followed.
– Paper is written in Calibri font, 11-pt size, 1-inch margins, and double space.
– In- text citations are provided in the body of paper whenever a scholarly source is used.
– Works cited/ list of references is provided at the end of the paper.
– One kind of citation style is consistently followed throughout the paper.
Do not write in Q&A format, or directly quote the interviewee. I want to see your writing capabilities. To disincentivize reliance on others’ words, I will grade your paper at 50% if you write in Q&A format or directly quote the interviewer.
Any papers in violation of the Academic Honors standards will get 0 points and will be reported to Office of Academic Integrity.
Case study final papers submitted past the deadline will be graded at 10% lesser for each day of delay. Assignments will not be accepted 1 day past the deadline.
Submit all assignments through Canvas. I don’t accept assignments sent through email.