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Spring 2014/Menlo Park

ET513

Sanders

ET513: PERSPECTIVES ON SOCIAL ETHICS (4 Units). Ron Sanders.


DESCRIPTION: This course will examine the relationship between the church and state in contemporary culture.  We will explore different approaches to evangelical engagement in public policy issues including human sexuality, war and peace, the environment, human rights and justice.  The emphasis of this course will be to develop an approach to political engagement that reflects the Scriptural emphasis on being a distinct community of faith as well as an ability to communicate about those issues in a public square.

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have demonstrated (1)the ability to understand different evangelical approaches to involvement in social and political issues;(2) Confidence in the way of Jesus and humility in offering a Christian ethic in the public square; (3) The ability to evaluate contemporary social issues and offer a cogent Christian response to those issues in a winsome manner.

COURSE FORMAT: The course meets once a week for a three-hour session over the ten-week quarter for a total of 30 hours of classroom instruction of lectures, seminar-style discussion, and group presentations. There will also be 10 hours of directed learning activities including preparation of group presentations, etc. that will meet for three weekend intensives, each 10 hours. Lectures will be mixed with seminar-type discussions, class presentations and small group interaction.  Students will be expected to have completed the required reading before the beginning of each class.

REQUIRED READING: 1500 pages required.

Gushee, David P. and Glen H. Stassen. Kingdom Ethics. Intervarsity Press, 2003. ISBN: 978-0830826681, Pub. Price $40.00 [313 pp. assigned].

Hunter, James Davison. To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World.Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-0199730803, Pub. Price $27.95 [286 pp. assigned].

Jackson, Harry and Tony Perkins. Personal Faith, Public Policy. Frontline, 2008.  ISBN: 978-1599792613, Pub. Price $21.99 [230 pp. assigned].

Wallis, Jim. God’s Politics.  Harper Collins, 2005. ISBN: 978-0060834470, Pub. Price $14.99 [384 pp. assigned].

Yoder, John Howard. The Politics of Jesus.  Eerdmans, 1994. ISBN: 978-0802807342, Pub. Price $24.00 [271 pp. assigned].

RECOMMENDED READING: A list of recommended reading will be given on the first day of class along with the syllabus.

ASSIGNMENTS AND ASSESSMENT:

  1. Required reading and in-class 10-minute journal quizzes (20%). [This assignment is related to learning outcome # 1].

  2. Class paper.  Each student will be required to write a 3 pg. summary and 1 pg. reflection of “The Politics of Jesus,” by John H. Yoder (25%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes #1, #2].

  3. Group presentation on political issue (25%). [This assignment is related to learning outcomes, # 2, # 3]. 

  4. Final Paper—each student will be required to write a 10 pg. paper focusing on a particular ethical issue of the students’ choosing (30%). [This assignment is related to learning outcome # 3].

PREREQUISITES: None.

RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Fulfills the following: MDiv: ETH; MAT: ETH

FINAL EXAMINATION: None.


NOTE: This ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Textbook prices are set by publishers and are subject to change.