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?
Length: 1500 words
Using an excerpt from a video link of people interacting within a space below, 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 the chosen clip.
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.
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.
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)
You should use the APA 6th referencing style in text and for the reference list at the end.
Lorry, C. Prady and Molaro (Produccers) (2007 September 24). The Big Bang Theory – Who`s smarter dolphins or Zack? (Television series). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK-b1CtIATw
Spencer-Oatey, H. (2012). What is Culture?A compilation of quotation, GlobalPAD Core Concepts.
Quappe, S. and Cantatore, G. (2005). What is Cultural Awareness, anyway? How do I build it?https://www.culturosity.com/pdfs/What%20is%20Cultural%20Awareness.pdf
Brislin, R., Worthley, R, & Macnab, B (2006). Cultural intelligence: Understanding behaviors that serve people’s goals. Group & Organization Management, 31(1), 40-55. doi:10.1177/1059601105275262
Holley, L.C., & Steiner, S. (2005) Safe space: Student perspectives on classroom environment. Journal of Social Work Education, 41(1), 49-64. doi:10.5175/JSWE.2005.200300343
Complete independent research for additional readings about safe spaces related to your chosen context.
Bruhn, J.G. (2005). Culture-brain interactions. Integrative Physiological & Behavioral Science, 40(4), 243-254. doi:10.1007/BF02915218
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