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 organization 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 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
DM1005W Culture and Language *Students will require an Australian Federal Police background check, as well an interview with a Global Interaction staff member prior to being accepted into the program.
Extended exposure trip
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: 2019-06-05 12:31:48 +1000