This unit introduces students to the field of cultural anthropology by describing the nature of culture and outlining various anthropological theories of culture and society. It examines human beings within the context of their social systems, relationships, economies, political institutions, religions, rituals, objects, activities and the meanings that people apply to them. Furthermore, it introduces methods for investigating and understanding culture and worldview, the relationship between Christianity and culture and it emphasises the importance of cultural investigation and understanding for fruitful intercultural encounters and ministry.

Unit Code: DM2011W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the role of Cultural Anthropology in cross-cultural interaction and engagement


Articulate an understanding the main theories of culture


Identify perspectives on culture held by different religious and cultural communities


Outline biblical approaches to intercultural engagement


Lectures, Tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

500 word book/article review

500 15.0

500 word Descriptive Exercise

500 15.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

1,000 word tutorial paper

1000 30.0

2,500 word essay

2500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 11 Aug, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-07 11:48:15 +1100