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M9685 Cross-Cultural Mission

  • Unit Code & NameM9685 Cross-Cultural Mission
  • DescriptionThis postgraduate unit explores worldview and intercultural communication from theological and practical perspectives.

    It examines the biblical precedents for cross-cultural mission, develops a theology of cross-cultural ministry and mission, provides an understanding of culture and worldview, models of culture types, identifies personal culture and worldview, culture shock and reverse culture shock, communication theory: dangers of miscommunication, aspects of cross-cultural communication, including language and non-verbal communication; influence of social structures on communication; relationship of medium and message; and the distinction between form and function church and culture and contextualisation, indigenisation and enculturation in cross-cultural ministry and mission.

    Threshold Concept:
    The basic anthropological distinction between form and function is critical to cross-cultural communication. Words or behaviours can mean different things in different cultures, and we must not assume they have the same meaning in another culture as they would in ours. The danger lies in equating our interpretation of observed behaviours with their actual meaning in another cultural context.
  • DisciplineChristian Life and Ministry
  • LevelPostgraduate
  • Semester3, 2017
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • DateSome live online tutorials may be scheduled - dates and times to be negotiated between students and the lecturer. The tutorials are optional.
  • Lecturer(s) Dr Evelyn Hibbert
  • PrerequisitesNil
  • Learning ActivitiesA selection of the following or similar, depending on unit delivery format (classroom, flexible, intensive, etc.): lectures, learning tasks, tutorials, problem-based learning, case studies, reading, field observation, excursions, viewing relevant films, DVDs, guest speaker/s.
  • AssessmentsRecord of cross-cultural engagement, critical reflections and responses, mini research project and application.
  • Learning OutcomesAt the end of this unit students will be able to:

    1. Examine the concept of culture, and explain principles of cross-cultural communication from an interdisciplinary perspective
    2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the theological and theoretical foundations of intercultural ministry and mission, with reference to recent developments in the field
    3. Analyse a range of cross-cultural situations, discerning assumptions and values underlying surface cultural forms and behaviour
    4. Develop culturally sensitive strategies for dealing with the complexities of cross-cultural ministry and mission
    5. Apply principles learned in this unit to strengthening Christian ministry and mission in cross-cultural setting.
  • Text BooksThere is no textbook for this unit. Essential readings will be provided in Booth Online.