This unit introduces students to the theological premises, theories and practices associated with cultural intelligence (CQ). More especially students will explore the complex of abilities, characteristics, dimensions of awareness, attitudes, skills and knowledge that are associated with cultural intelligence, and which are necessary for appropriate and effective ministry in culturally diverse contexts, both within Australia and internationally.

Unit code: AR9060W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Religious Studies

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Outline the main dimensions of cultural intelligence


Identify one’s own cultural values and the ways these can impact interaction with the other


Describe the concept of culture and outline the theological premises for the need for cultural intelligence for Christian life and ministry


Describe the role of second language capacity and cultural understanding in cultural intelligence


Employ practices that enhance reflection and mindfulness when engaging people interculturally


Analyse attitudes that can impact upon interaction with the other in intercultural contexts


Describe cultural values of a socio-cultural and religious community different to their own


Face-face lectures and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Ang, Soon and Van Dyne, Linn. Handbook of Cultural Intelligence: Theory, Measurement, and Applications, London: Routledge, 2015.
  • Berardo, K. Deardorff, D. * uilding Cultural Competence: Innovative Activities and Models*, Sterling: Stylus Publishing, 2012.
  • Elmer, Duane. Cross-cultural Connections, Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002.
  • ___________. Cross-cultural Servanthood: Serving In The World In Christlike Humility, Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2006.
  • Hall, Edward. Beyond Culture, New York: Anchor Books, 1989.
  • Hofstede, G. Hofstede G.J. and Minkov, M., Cultures and Organizations: Software of the Mind, 3rd ed., London: McGraw-Hill, 2010.
  • Lane, Patty. A Beginner's Guide To Crossing Cultures: Making Friends In A Multicultural World Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002. (recommended for purchase)
  • Lingenfelter S. and Mayers M., Ministering Cross-Culturally, 2nd ed., Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003.
  • Livermore, David. Cultural Intelligence, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009. (recommended for purchase)
  • _______________. Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.
  • Lustig, M.,Koester J. and Halualani, R. Intercultural Competence: Interpersonal Communication Across Cultures, New York: Pearson: 7th ed., 2012.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3,750 word essay

3750 40.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,250 tutorial presentation

1250 25.0

3,000 word description of your cultural values and how this can impact intercultural interaction

3000 35.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 8 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:49 +1000