This unit emphasizes the strong link between culture and language, and the importance of gaining capacity in a community's language for cross-cultural engagement. The unit will introduce students to the concepts of language and cultural participation outlined in the Growing Participator's Approach (GPA). The unit will also introduce students to the Six Phase Program, a tool for growing a cross-cultural worker's ability to understand and speak with people from a different culture and language community. The third tool to be introduced, the Engaging Culture, Worldview Inquiry Program (ECWIP), enables a cross-cultural worker to observe and participate in social situations and move towards understanding them from the host community's perspective.

Unit Code: DM8005W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Missiology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the links between culture and language


Articulate the principles associated with the Growing Participator's Approach


Demonstrate the activities associated with Phase 1 of the Six Phase Program


Identify some of the differences between emic and etic perspectives on social situations


Demonstrate an ability to observe and participate in a social situation and inquire about it from an actor in the social situation.


Articulate a “thick description” of a social situation and the meanings attached to it by members of the community.


Evaluate the multiple perspectives that actors may offer on social situations and the relevance of this cultural complexity for emic description.


Workshop & lectures


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

GPA Phase 1 & ECWIP Activities Participation (approximately 1,000 words)

1000 20.0

3,000 word essay

3000 40.0

4 x 500 word Thick Descriptions of Social Situations

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-06 12:45:06 +1000