RTM 404 San Diego State University Kuwait Making Acquaintances Do and Don’ts Paper

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1.You will provide a brief cultural write-up relating to his/her representative country (chosen for Making Acquaintances: Do’s and Don’ts): (20 points)

  1. Historical background
  2. Communication styles (language, both verbal and non-verbal)
  3. Beliefs (religion, family, nature, etc.)
  4. Society structure (gender equality, role of children, family, ethnic groups, leaders, government, political ideologies, hierarchies)

VERY IMPORTANT – your final score will greatly depend on this.

In the next sections, associations SHOULD be made with the value orientations addressed in the Values portion of this course:

  • Human Nature (Universalism-Particularism, Good/Evil, High-Context/Low-Context, Uncertainty Avoidance)
  • Relation to Nature (Subjugation, Harmony, Mastery, Inner-/Outer-Directed)
  • Activity Orientation (Achievement/Ascription, Doing-Being-Being-Becoming)
  • Human Relationships (Affectivity/Affective Neutrality, Instrumental/Expressive, Self (Individualistic)/Collective (Collateral)/Linear, Egalitarian/Hierarchical, Power Distance)
  • Relation to Time (Past-Present-Future, Monochronic/Polychronic, Low-Context/High-Context

2. Each student will provide a list of ‘Reasons for Codes of Cultural Behavior’ for tourists visiting his/her representative country. This list will explain to tourists why it is important that they follow each of the Do’s and Don’ts (that you listed in your Making Acquaintances: Do’s and Don’t’s assignment), from the hosts’ cultural (values of the culture) perspective, and should include the following: (40 points)

  1. Five major ‘Do’s’ for tourists
    1. At least one appropriate value orientation of the culture for each ‘Do’ (20 points) (Describe in detail one distinct value orientation for each Do. Do not repeat value orientations for the items on the list of Dos.)
  2. Five major ‘Don’ts’ for tourists
    1. At least one appropriate value orientation of the culture for each ‘Don’t’ (20 points) (Describe in detail one distinct value orientation for each Don’t. Do not repeat value orientations for the items on the list of Don’t’s.)

3. Each student will provide APA-style citations within the text whenever applicable and compile a list of APA-style references (reference page) for all resources used in his/her write-up (5 points).

4. On the ‘Making Acquaintances Part 2’ discussion forum, each student will post his/her findings about the representative country in a thread by the due date.

5. Each student is required to read the findings of one other student and respond to the posting of the other student by identifying the following, on or before the response due date (10 points):

  1. One major cultural value commonality between his/her country and the other country (5 points)
  2. One major cultural value difference between his/her country and the other country (5 points)

Do’s and Don’ts in Kuwait

Do’s

  • You must accept food or drinks whenever offered.
  • Always use your right hand when drinking and eating.
  • To show a sign of respect, make sure to take a present when you go to someone’s house, especially if it is the first time.
  • Women are free to choose whatever clothing they would like to wear as long as it is not exposing their knees, shoulders, chest, and other parts of their body meant to be hidden.
  • Always shake hands as soon as you enter someone’s house.

Don’ts

  • Do not offer alcohol to an Arab.
  • Do not walk n a prayer mat, or stare at people when praying.
  • During Ramadhan, avoid eating, drinking, or even smoking in public.
  • Avoid crossing your legs and keep your feet flat on the ground.
  • Do not offer pork to any Muslim.

There is a sample provided for you that is attached with the document.

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