This unit is a 6 week supervised visit to a socio-cultural and religious community different from the student’s own for the purposes of gaining some experience of cross-cultural work and ministry. It occurs in partnership with Global Interaction, the Australian Baptist cross-cultural mission organisation, and under the supervision of both a trained culture and language facilitator and a host community language and culture helper. Students will be guided through a language acquisition and culture awareness program, learning some basic vocabulary and grammar from the host community's language along with an acquaintance with aspects of the community's culture. Students will also have the opportunity to observe the working life of cross-cultural workers.
Discuss the basic elements necessary to developing intercultural sensitivities and knowledge, along with some characteristics and skills beneficial for cross-cultural living and engagement
Articulate the basic processes of learning a second language
Demonstrate a some capacity in a host community's language
Demonstrate an understanding of the tools required for cultural inquiry including, participant observation, ethnographic interviewing and writing a thick description, approaches common with cultural anthropology
Discuss a host community's culture and worldview in the areas of greeting and leave taking, clothing, food, work and non-verbal communication
Identify key issues informing the interaction of the gospel and culture in the host community
= set texts recommended for purchase
Barley, Nigel. The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut, Long Grove: Waveland Press, 1983.
Bevans, Stephan B., Mission & Culture: The Louis Lusbetak Lectures, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2012.
Elmer, Duane. Cross-cultural Servanthood: Serving In The World In Christlike Humility, Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2006.
Fetterman, David. Ethnography: Step by Step, 3rd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2010.
*Lane, Patty. A Beginner's Guide To Crossing Cultures: Making Friends In A Multicultural World, Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002.
Livermore, David. Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.
Moreau, A. Scott, and Campbell, Evvy Hay, and Greener, Susan. Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
Emerson, Robert., and Fretz, Rachel., and Shaw, Linda. Writing Ethnographic Field notes, 2nd ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
Rynkiewich, Michael. Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
Spradley, James P. Participant Observation, Orlando: Harcourt, 1980.
Thomson, Greg and Angela. 'The First Hundred Hours: Interacting about the Here and Now: Introduction to Growing Participator Approach', Phase 1A, Version: Mar06, edits Sep09. (Free)
Thomson, Greg and Angela, 'The First Hundred Hours: Interacting about the Here and Now: Add Constrained Two-Way Communication, Phase 1B', Version: Mar06, edits Sep09. (Free)
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
2,000 words selected from trip journal
4 x 800 word cultural reflections (thick descriptions) from the activities of participant observation and ethnographic interviewing about set culture topics.
Completion of phase 1 of the language program and demonstrate an understanding and speaking capacity of 800 words in the host community's language. Equivalent to 4800 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by LTC on 25 Aug, 2016
Unit record last updated: 2020-10-30 19:16:46 +1100