MB501/601: Insights for Cultural Understanding (4 units)
Judith Lingenfelter, Affiliate Professor, SIS Fuller Theological Seminary
This course addresses cultural self-awareness and cross-cultural competence for building healthy relationships within diverse communities. Drawing upon anthropological perspectives, students gain basic principles and skills for researching and interacting among diverse cultural and social groups.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: By the end of the course students will
1. Demonstrate cultural self awareness and an understanding of personal and cultural biases;
2. Utilize interview techniques of “personal story” and “focused conversation” to elicit the social and cultural context of an immigrant and reflect upon the relevance of cultural understanding for ministry;
3. Apply the perspectives of basic values, cultural intelligence, and theological reflection on global issues to analyze the culture of the immigrant interviewed;
4. Design a plan for the adaptation of one’s personal culture to do effective ministry among the peoples and culture of the immigrant interviewed.
Students will learn via lectures/presentations, case studies, media clips, class discussions, student presentations, and small group exercises. The course will meet for 30 class hours in a two week intensive.
1. Lingenfelter, Sherwood & Marvin K. Mayers. 2003 Ministering Cross Culturally. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker. ISBN 0801026474. $14.99
2. Ra, Soong Chan. 2010 Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers. ISBN 0802450482. $14.99
3. Ramachandra, Vinoth 2008 Subverting Global Myths. Grand Rapids, MI: IVP Academic. ISBN 0830828850. $23.00
4. Spradley, James P. and David McCurdy. Conformity and Conflict: Readings in Cultural Anthropology. 13th ed. Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon, 2008. ISBN 0205645852. $68.00
RELATIONSHIP TO CURRICULUM: Required for the MATM, MACL, MAT and Elective for the MDIV.
FINAL EXAM: None.