Purpose: This assignment is designed for students to understand elements of culture, to illustrate the differences between cultures, and to understand the socialisation and re-socialisation process.
Task: Students will need to:
View the following film (click on title): God Grew Tired of Us If you are not able to access the film, please use the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mhxi7yleSNw
Students will need to respond to the following questions below using complete sentences, complete explanations to the questions, and when providing examples from the film–examples need to be thorough.
An example of the “Lost Boys” experiencing culture shock, was when they were trying to get on the escalator, they were not quite sure how to get on and off–some of boys stumbled. This would be culture shock because the “Lost Boys” experienced a sense of disorientation from what they would consider a norm from their country.
This was probably the first time any of the “Lost Boys” have ridden and/or seen an escalator. –do not use this example).
Explain how ethnocentrism (make sure to define this sociological concept in your response) could contribute to the conflict/war in Sudan based off of the information from the film.
What were some differences, culturally; you noticed in the film between the U.S. culture and the Southern Sudanese culture (Lost Boys)—make sure to provide specific examples from the film of the cultural differences.
Provide some specific examples from the film as to how the Sudanese Lost Boys were re-socialised to U.S. culture.
Why do you think John Bul Dau stressed the importance of the younger Sudanese generation staying in touch with their Dinka culture?
What do you think John Bul Dau meant by the following quote “a man without culture is like a man without land”?
How does this film connect to the chapter on culture? — your response needs to include relevant sociological concepts from chapter on culture, relevant specific examples from the film (see example above), and clear explanation of the connections.
Do not use the term culture, unless you illustrate the components of culture in your response. Please make sure to bold the sociological concepts you use from the chapter.
How does this film connect to the chapter on socialisation? —your response needs to include relevant sociological concepts from the chapter on socialisation, relevant examples from the film (see example above), and clear explanation of the connections. Do not use the term socialisation. Please make sure to bold the sociological concepts you use from the chapter.
Using your sociological imagination; according to the film, explain the personal troubles and the public issue, you see in the film. In your response you will need to define personal troubles and public issue. Also, you will need to identify, personal trouble, for example the personal trouble(s) in the film is…. and the social issue in the film is….