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M7372 Mission and Justice

  • Unit Code & NameM7372 Mission and Justice
  • DescriptionThe course explores biblical teachings on how the Kingdom of God can be manifest in the world. It introduces concepts of Mission, explores various missional perspectives, and introduces key skills and tools that can be used to engage with local communities.

    The course explores the difference between social justice and social action, placing a particular emphasis on Jesus' modelling of compassion and social reformation. While looking at historical considerations of justice, the course focuses on principles of justice that can be utilised today, and explores elements such as advocacy, political lobbying, the use of media and social media in awareness raising and methods of internal church mobilization.
  • DisciplineChristian Life and Ministry
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester2, 2017
  • Delivery ModeIntensive
  • Date17-21 July, 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Prerequisites18 credit points from Missions (M) units
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, class discussion, readings
  • AssessmentsArticle review and reflection, in class presentation and essay, development of strategy and rationale
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Identify important dimensions of an integral mission response to the needs of the poor and marginalised
    2. Articulate the biblical and theological convictions which underlie such a response
    3. Think strategically regarding how to mobilise the local church in integral mission
    4. Critique and analyse the responses of God's people around the world as an advocate for and work with the poor
    5. Understand the need to put into practice Jesus' teaching involving injustice and compassion
  • Text BooksWytsma, Ken. Pursuing Justice: The call to live and die for bigger things. Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers. 2013