Assessment 3: Safe Space Report
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. Ensure you include analysis of whether culturally safe spaces require cultural self-awareness and cultural intelligence and how this can be achieved in relation to the behaviours by people in your chosen video.
You need to write an academic report using formal language to:
analyse 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.
See the link at right to a template for the report. Organise 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. Remember, word count guidelines are an indication only for each section (as maximum). Review the assessment criteria as well to ensure you understand that referencing, research and analysis are highly valued in the marking of your work. If you provide a great, long description of the scenario, this will not give you an excellent grade. Apply the literature review in the discussion and recommendations to show you understand the links between cultural self-awareness, cultural intelligence and the development of culturally safe spaces.
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)
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).
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:
the name of TV show or movie
the season and episode if it is a TV show or year released for movie
the setting (is it social, academic or workplace?)
a general overview of what the scene is about
identify who the key characters are
Summary of literature (approx. 400 words and at least four sources- remember to include independent researched sources as well.)
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.
Observations/description of Video (approx. 250 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 .
Discussion (approximately 400 words and at least four sources- remember to include independent researched sources as well. You can refer to the some you covered tin the literature review)
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, Worthley and McNab (2006, p.40) define as cultural intelligence or the ability to adjust to another culture. Jane showed she was reading the other persons uncomfortable body language and adjusted her approach appropriately to make the patient feel safe in that new place.
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.
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. (Dont 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 aIDitional 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.
Preparation: Cross Cultural Communications
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.
The video clip in this weeks web-site learning materials about active listening clearly shows a male businessperson first ignoring and then listening to advice from his female adviser. This illustrates active listening but there are also cultural norms being shown about male and female roles.
When you are looking at narrative films or documentaries, look for and try to comment on the hiIDen cultural communication that is also being shown.
Start to view some of the suggested video clips below and choose one that you wish to analyse and write about in the report. This will prepare you for writing a summary of the chosen clip next week.
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?