The creation of safe spaces requires cultural self-awareness, cultural intelligence and cultural capability
The creation of safe spaces requires cultural self-awareness, cultural intelligence and cultural capability. So this final assignment draws together all the learning from the unit in a report about safe spaces. Safe spaces are fundamental to operating effectively in the workplace, community and the university. Yet many spaces are not that safe for the people who use them. How is it possible to create safe spaces for people?
Using an excerpt from a video of people interacting within a space, analyse the various aspects of the scenario including the physical location and interactions between actors to highlight your understanding of safe spaces. Demonstrate your growing cultural capabilities by writing a report that analyses safe or unsafe spaces as depicted in your chosen clip.
You need to write an academic report using formal language to:
• Analyze the chosen filmed scenario for safe or unsafe spaces
• demonstrate your understanding of the characteristics of culturally safe or unsafe spaces by discussing those spaces identified in the film in relation to the research literature,
• Provide recommendations for creating or sustaining culturally safe spaces based on the scenario.
Organize your report under the following sections and use the numbered headings as below for each section in the body of your report. Suggestions about what you should include under each heading are also provided. Try to keep to the word count for each section.
Title of Report
This should be on a separate page and include the title, your name and the date
Table of Contents
This should be on a separate page – remember to include page numbers.
(This is information that is included in the word document template)
1. Introduction (approx. 150 words)
1.1 Background (An orientation to the topic of cultural safety and safe spaces)
1.2 Scope(Explain what the report will focus on including what video, what particular scenes if the example depicts a safe or unsafe space).
1.3 Aim(Tell the reader what the report aims to do – i.e provide a summary and description and analysis of an example of a safe or unsafe space and recommend improvements to improve the safety of the space where appropriate).
2. Summary of video clip (approx. 150 words)
Summarise your chosen TV or Video excerpt. This is where you briefly explain the story line and key events related to the context of the safe or unsafe situation of this specific segment of a film in your own words. Your summary needs to include the following details:
o the name of TV show or movie
o the season and episode if it is a TV show or year released for movie
o the setting (is it social, academic or workplace?)
o a general overview of what the scene is about
o identify who the key characters are
3. Summary of literature (approx. 300 words and at least four sources)
This is where you demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts covered in the unit by using relevant literature. So you should include definitions of safe spaces, cultural intelligence and capabilities and cultural self-awareness and show how these are all linked to increasing our ability to create safe spaces.
4. Observations/description of Video (approx. 200 words)
In this section you should identify the behaviours and scenarios in the video that are evidence of the cultural safety issues displayed in the video. These observations should confirm your statement in the introduction about whether the space is safe or unsafe.
Some of the things to look for and describe are: Physical factors (size and layout of space, position of people in the space); Communication factors (Body language, Voice, Words); signs of inclusion or exclusion, displays of or lack of cultural intelligence. You could use the following table as guide and as a way of briefly describing in key words what you observed. Alternatively you might prefer to describe this in couple of paragraphs .
5. Discussion (approx. 350 words)
Use key elements within the film excerpt and the theory you have outlined in the literature review section to discuss your observations of the video and to support your view about whether each scene is a safe or unsafe space. For example you might write something like:
“In the early part of the film, Jane displayed a high level of cultural intelligence by adjusting her behaviour as soon as she became aware that her patient had never been in a hospital before. This had an instant effect on the patient who visibly relaxed and began to talk. This is an excellent example of what Brislin et al (2006) define as cultural intelligence or “the ability to adjust to another culture”. Jane showed she was reading the other person’s uncomfortable body language and adjusted her approach appropriately to make the patient feel safe in that new place.”
6. Recommendations (approx. 200 words supported by academic sources.)
Your recommendations (for how the scenario film clip you describe should be changed to make the space safer) should be based on what you discussed in the analysis. So it will be a summary of the things that need to change to enable a safer space in the scenario depicted and requires references in text for your ideas.
7. Conclusion (approx. 150 words)
This is where you sum briefly everything covered in your report. So it would include: what the film clip covered, what it was about, what it showed regarding safe spaces, what needed to be changed if anything. (Don’t introduce new material or references into this section).
References (last section of report on separate page and not numbered)
For this report we expect you to use readings provided and utilised in your previous assignment as well as additional references you might source that relate to the particular context of the scenario depicted in your film. For example, if your video depicts bullying at school you may find articles on school bullying. This will be helpful for your discussion and recommendations. You should use the APA 6th referencing style in text and for the reference list at the end.
NB. Check how to reference correctly for multimedia. The references, title and content pages are not counted in your final word count.
As you think about which video clip to choose for assessment three- observe the way that various cultural groups are represented in fictional and non-fictional scenes.
When you are looking at narrative films or documentaries, look for and try to comment on the hidden cultural communication that is also being shown. Start to view some of the suggested video clips below and choose one that you wish to analyses and write about in the report.
Choose a scene
Choose a scene to analyse (about 3-10 minutes in length) from a TV program, video or movie that focuses on a conflict situation in a community, university/school or workplace. Although fictional the scene should depict a ‘real life’ situation. In other words avoid action films or over the top movies/shows. Avoid spending too much time looking for the ‘perfect scenes’ as the analytic report is the main focus. You are encouraged to choose from films/segments provided below.
As you view them, remember you will need to focus on writing a report answering:- How do cultural self –awareness and cultural intelligence help to create effective safe spaces?
Use the following framework to help analyse the excerpts. Remember to
Cultural Self – awareness:
• Do any of the characters display cultural self – awareness? How do they do this?
• What sort of insight into the character’s culture do you get?
• What sorts of behaviours indicate their awareness or lack thereof?
• How do the behaviours of the characters reflect their culture?
• Do they display characteristics of cultural intelligence? How do you know?
• How is cross – cultural communication being conveyed?
• Is cultural difference a source of conflict? What happens when conflict is present, how do the characters respond?
• Are there any cultural judgements present in this scene? Which characters make cultural judgements and if so how do they do this?
• What do the characters do to display cultural empathy? Why is this important for creating and sustaining safe spaces
• How do the characters create safe or unsafe spaces?
Visual cues to look for:
• Safe atmosphere
• Body language- eye contact, hand placement, stance, proximity
• Verbal communication (what and how)
What type of ‘safeness’: Are the characters safe from:
• Physical harm?
• Emotional Harm?
• Psychological harm?
Linking cultural empathy to effective social, academic and work settings
How does cultural empathy relate to safe spaces?
• How is cultural empathy related to creating effective work, social, or academic setting?
• How would you recognize that cultural empathy is occurring [or not] in any setting above?
• What aspects of the communications would signal effective use of cultural empathy in a specific setting?
Why are cultural judgments and cultural empathy so vital in developing cultural capabilities and creating safe spaces?
To help you answer this question you could:
Think about the answers to the following questions in relation to the video clip you have chosen:
o What is the relationship between cultural judgments and cultural empathy?
o How do we negotiate and create safe spaces?
o Whose responsibility is it to create and sustain these spaces?
o Who could take an action to improve the situation being represented?
Work through the sections of the report and ensure that you integrate the literature to explain your ideas, especially in the discussion and the recommendations. There is an example of how to integrate literature into the discussion in the template.
you will need to conduct your own research by including at least two references apart from the film and set readings.
• Holley and Steiner (2005) – creating safe spaces
• Bruhn (2005) – culture brain interactions
• Brislin, Worthley and McNab (2006) – cultural intelligence
• Quappe and Cantatore (2005) – cultural awareness
• Russell (2011) – third culture kid
• Flanja (2009) – culture shock & intercultural communication
• Spencer-Oatey (2012) – culture