Cultural Boundaries

UNIT 1 – Cultural Boundaries
Welcome to DPA8412 – Global and Diverse Societies! In this course, we will explore and analyze the issues of multiculturalism and diversity that affect the worldwide field of public administration, and we will evaluate what this means for our regional public administration practices. We will also explore how values affect:

    • Cultural structures.
    • Decision-making models.
    • Methods of reasoning and communicating.

By the end of this course, you will understand the layers of cultural competency that public administrators must embody to be effective in both our global and regional communities. In this first unit, you will examine your own cultural boundaries and experiences and assess how they affect your professional life.
 [u01s1] Unit 1 Study 1
Fordlandia: Overview
In the Kivisto text, Multiculturalism in a Global Society, which is part of DPA8412 Global and Diverse Societies, read the following:

    • Introduction, “Multicultural Societies and Globalization,” pages 1–12.
    • Chapter 1, “Ethnic Theory in a Global Age,” pages 13–42.

Click Fordlandia: Overview to complete the interactive.

    • It is well known that Henry Ford’s use of the assembly line and mass production revolutionized industry, but less well known were Ford’s attempts to fuse industry and cultural values. His attempt to combine the goal of independence from British rubber coming out of Malaysia with his views on welfare capitalism lead to the creation of Fordlandia, a would-be rubber plantation in South America. Fordlandia, Ford’s company town in the heart of Brazil, represents a juncture between corporate goals and social visions.


    • Examine the Global Issues interactive, located in the Resources. These issues represent some of the most important concerns facing us, but there is no single perspective on how to address them.
    • Complete the Global Issues and Global Public Administration interactive, located in the Resources. View this multimedia piece to start looking for an interesting issue for your Global Issue Analysis project. As you explore possible issues, think about why the issue interests you, how you might explore the issue, and what potential public administration responses may be viable.
    • Complete the Global Issue Resources interactive, located in the Resources. Use this multimedia piece to continue researching potential issues for your Global Issue Analysis project. Then, choose at least at least three resources to skim through.

In addition, you may also research peer-reviewed resources from Capella’s library or other sources online or in print. As you explore these resources, look for issues that require analysis of cultural values and their impact on decision making and communications, as well as dynamics of public engagement and participation. This research will help prepare you to be successful in your Global Issue – Selection (Phase I) assignment, due in Unit 4.
As you conduct this research, take note of at least one example of an issue related to cultural boundaries. You will need this to complete part of the Cultural Boundaries in Society discussion in this unit.

Each of us represents many cultures; these cultures may be defined by factors such as heritage, lifestyle, place of residence, and personal choice. Understanding cultural characteristics helps us to understand how we interact with others, make decisions, and direct our actions. Understanding other cultures helps us to work together with members of them from a position of mutual respect and positive outcomes.
Review the materials you saw in Fordlandia: Overview, and
Unit 1 Discussion Question 1
Discuss examples of cultural boundaries the participants in this project might have faced. In addition, cite at least one additional example of an issue related to cultural boundaries you encountered. You might include examples of:

    • Cultural background and conditioning.
    • Approaches to interpersonal encounters with attention to issues of communications.
    • Attitudes, for example, “being different is bad, inferior, or wrong.”
    • Stereotyping.
    • Willingness to embrace changes to become more effective in cross-cultural situations.

Please Note:
Unit Discussion Postings
By midnight Wednesday, (CST), you need to submit your initial posting (short essay) to each discussion question. Please do not use attachments in your discussion postings. Your initial posting to each discussion question should:

  • Be between 250-750 words and be written in third person as much as possible.
  • Be free of grammatical and spelling errors.
  • Contain at least one academic reference and citation to support your analysis.

This discussion is due on July 15, 2015 @ 5:00pm