Unit offered alternatively as AR9008W
*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.
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- 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
- Analyse a host community’s culture and worldview in the areas of greeting and leave taking, clothing, food, work and non-verbal communication
- Identify and critique key issues informing the interaction of the gospel and culture in the host community.
- Outline and reflect on one’s own growth and responses during the period of cross-cultural engagement.
- 1,000 words selected from trip journal (20%)
- 4 x 500 word cultural reflections (thick descriptions) from the activities of participant observation and ethnographic interviewing about set culture topics (40%)
- 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 3,000 words (40%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Barley, Nigel. The Innocent Anthropologist: Notes from a Mud Hut. Long Grove: Waveland Press, 1983.
- Bevans, Stephan B. Mission & Culture: The Louis Lusbetak Lectures, Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2012.
- Elmer, Duane. Cross-cultural Servanthood: Serving in the World in Christlike Humility. Downers Grove: IVP Books, 2006.
- Fetterman, David. Ethnography: Step by Step. 3rd ed. Los Angeles: SAGE, 2010.
- Lane, Patty. A Beginner’s Guide to Crossing Cultures: Making Friends in a Multicultural World. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 2002.
- Livermore, David. Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2012.
- Moreau, A. Scott, and Campbell, Evvy Hay, and Greener, Susan. Effective Intercultural Communication: A Christian Perspective. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014.
- Emerson, Robert, and Fretz, Rachel, and Shaw, Linda. Writing Ethnographic Field Notes. 2nd ed. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2011.
- Rynkiewich, Michael. Soul, Self, and Society: A Postmodern Anthropology for Mission in a Postcolonial World. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012.
- Spradley, James P. Participant Observation. Orlando: Harcourt, 1980.
- Thomson, Greg and Angela. ‘The First Hundred Hours: Interacting about the Here and Now: Introduction to Growing Participator Approach.’ Phase 1A, Version: Mar06, edits Sep09. (Free)
- Thomson, Greg and Angela, ‘The First Hundred Hours: Interacting about the Here and Now: Add Constrained Two-Way Communication, Phase 1B.’ Version: Mar06, edits Sep09. (Free)