Describe some of the personal changes you have experienced because of your international cultural experiences.

During your visit to Europe, you have several independent assignments to do. These are potentially subject to inclusion on the final exam.

You should make sure you write at least one page in your trip diary addressing each of these questions (total of at least 11 pages addressing these areas…one page for each of 11 areas). Your observations should try to avoid taking an ethno centric bias ie. avoid a culturally biased perception. Differences are neither right nor wrong- they are just “different”. You are to hand in these assignments after we return from the program to Europe.

1) Did you have any prior stereotypes about what you would see in Europe related to lifestyles, culture, etc? Please fully identify these stereotypes and indicate how your perspective has changed (or not changed) during this European program. Please indicate the elements/experiences that contributed to this perspective.

2) In at least two of the countries visited on this European program, visit local department stores. Observe differences and similarities between departments stores in these different countries. Additionally, compare these department stores to departments stores you have visited in the US. Compare the pricing, merchandising mix of the stores, merchandise layout (ie. product displays), and services provided. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

3) In each country, visit a supermarket. Observe differences and similarities between supermarkets in the different countries. Additionally, compare these Supermarkets to Supermarkets you have visited in the U.S. Compare the pricing, merchandising mix of the stores, merchandise layout (product displays), and services provided. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

4) In at least two of the countries visited, visit familiar/unfamiliar fast food restaurants in each country (eating there is optional). See if the menu is adapted to local tastes or standardized the same as in the U.S. Compare the pricing, merchandising mix of the restaurants, merchandise layout (product displays), and services provided. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

5) In at least two of the countries visited, visit some type of specialty store (mens clothing, womens clothing, hardware, toy…any kind of store.) Compare to the same type of store in the U.S. (You need only visit one kind of store.) Compare the pricing, merchandising mix of the stores, merchandise layout (product displays), and services provided. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

6) In at least two of the countries visited, what differences do you notice in “Dine In” restaurants compared to the US? Compare the pricing, menu mix of the restaurants, atmospherics (atmosphere or feeing you have), merchandise layout (display), and services provided. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

7) In at least two of the countries visited, look at the vehicles. How are the vehicles different between countries? How about the condition and age of the vehicles? Reflect on the driving styles? Compare the vehicles to those you are used to the the USA. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

8) In at least two of the countries visited, spend a little time watching TV. Observe how the
programming may be different (except for the obvious language differences). Watch the advertising.
How are they different? What are the similarities to the advertising in the U.S.A.? Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

9) In at least two of the countries visited, observe people on the street. How are they dressed? How are the people at work dressed? How do they interact. (in banks, stores, etc). Observe business dress and compare to that in the USA. Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

10) Describe some of the personal changes you have experienced because of your international cultural experiences. To what do you attribute this change in perspective? Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

11) Compare London and Paris or Rome or Athens (or other major city you will visit) to Saint Louis or Chicago. What do you consider the same and what do you consider different? To what do you attribute this evaluation? Please provide your overall evaluation of these experiences.

Your observations should avoid taking an ethnocentric bias – i.e. avoid a culturally biased perception. Differences are neither right or wrong – they are just “different.”

Scenario Two

Shirley Baker is a young woman suffering from breast cancer. She has been on chemotherapy for several months, and has experienced terrible side-effects. She did receive a prescription for the medicinal use of marijuana while living in California, but moved to Oklahoma to be closer to her family. She did take several ounces of marijuana with her when she moved, and was arrested while smoking marijuana on the front porch of her parents home, the evening she arrived in Oklahoma. She was convicted of illegal possession of the drug, and wants to appeal her conviction.

Scenario Three

Joe Valle and Fred Hamper have been partners for many years. When same sex unions became legal in California, they moved there just long enough to be “married,” and then returned to their home in New Mexico. Joe applied for health insurance for himself and his “spouse.” The insurance company refused to recognize the “marriage, and Joe and Fred sued. The trial court found in favor of Big Time Insurance Company, and Joe and Fred want to appeal.

Scenario Four

Flora Findley loves plants. She had become interested in hydroponics and hybridizing plants. She began growing plants under full-spectrum sunlight lamps in her home. She also has a teenaged son who expressed an interest in growing plants. She was pleased that she and her son could share an interest. One day, a police officer investigating a burglary next door, came to Floras home to ask if she had seen anything. He noticed all of the plants growing under the lamps, and quickly began inspecting them. He found a small plant that he thought was marijuana, and promptly arrested Flora. Flora was convicted for possession, but insisted that the search of her home was unwarranted. She wants to appeal the decision.

Scenario Five

Mr. Frank Incense was arrested for theft when he took $500,000 worth of tools from behind a neighbors shed which faced an alley. Frank insisted that he thought the tools were being thrown away. He was having financial difficulty and thought he could make some money by selling the tools. While being questioned, Frank asked for an attorney. Finally he was provided with an attorney who specialized in Bankruptcy Law, and who was required to take on criminal cases pro bono. The attorney really did not understand criminal procedure, and as a result, Mr. Insence was not only found guilty, but also received a very stiff sentence. Mr. Insence wants to appeal his case because he believes that he not only had a right to counsel, but a right to counsel who was competent in handling criminal proceedings.

Directions: Complete the following steps in the order provided

Step One: For each of the fact patterns provided, list the legal issues involved, as you identify them prior to undertaking any additional research. Note, some fact patterns may present more than one issue.

Step Two: Form a natural language search queries for each scenario based on the issues identified. Please list your search terms.

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Step Three: Use the issues/terms provided in Step One above, locate relevant secondary authority from AmJur, CJS, or ALR regarding those issues, thoroughly review the information therein, and provide the following information:

i) The citation to the article or annotation

ii) Did your search return results which pertained to the issues you identified? If not, please modify your search query until your results are more on point; provide your new search terms.

iii) Did the information in the article or annotation cited cause you to change, add or refine your issues? If so, please list the issues involved in each of the fact patterns as you now identify them.

iv) Please briefly summarize they type of information (ie, case law, statutory law, constitutional provisions, other secondary resources, key numbers and other research references)

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