SAMPLE ECD (Expanded Course Description)
TRANSFORMING CONTEMPORARY CULTURE (4 units)
MA in Global Leadership Cohort Online Class
course looks at contemporary culture from a missiological perspective, and
covers issues of modernity, post-modernity, pluralism, secularism, globalization
and the challenges and opportunities that each bring to Church worldwide,
necessitating thoughtful, culturally relevant yet biblically sound responses.
This course proposes the paradigm that
missionary engagement should be the basic stance of the Church toward its
cultural context, wherever the Church is located.
LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
- Demonstrated the
ability to “read or “exegete” modern/postmodern culture using missionary
- Discerned those values and characteristics in their cultural contexts
that can be affirmed, promoted, and leveraged for the benefit of God’s kingdom as
well as the cultural values and forces that bring spiritual lethargy and
- Designed strategies of missional engagement with contemporary culture
that show cultural awareness and understanding, and in which the full resources
of the Gospel
are brought to bear in their ministries and churches.
- Explored the
challenges and opportunities of globalization and its impact on the
communication of the Gospel locally and internationally.
FORMAT: Conducted online, the ten
weekly sessions align with Fuller's academic calendar. Students, the professor and teaching assistants will interact weekly
through lectures, reading responses, online discussions & assignments.
SAMPLE: Do not order books from this ECD. Check the link to the course
in the appropriate quarter for your cohort via the Registrar's Course Schedule.
- REQUIRED READING:
- Crouch, Andy. Culture Making: Recovering our Creative Calling. InterVarsity, 2008. ISBN: 978-0-8308-3394-8. Pub. List: $20.00
- Frost, Michael. The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church. Grand
Rapids, MI: Baker,
2011. ISBN-10: 0801014077. Pub. List: $15.
- Kling, Fritz. The
Meeting of the Waters: 7 Global
Trends that will Propel the Future Church. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook, 2010. ISBN: 1434764842 List price: $10.
- Sutter, Arloa. The Invisible: What the Church Can Do to Find and Serve the
Least of These. Indianapolis:
Wesleyan Publishing, 2010. ISBN: 0898274567.
Pub. List: $12.
- Volf, Miroslav.
A Public Faith:How followers of
Christ Should Serve the Common Good. Grand Rapids,
Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-1587432989. List
required readings which will be included electronically in the course
shell. (150 pp. assigned)
- Weekly threaded
discussions and reading interactions (35%)
- A 1,500-word Cultural Analysis through Film comparing and contrasting
two films and their post-modern cultural themes. (15%)
- A 2,000-word Culture
Watch assignment researching popular opinions about or approaches to a
particular cultural problem or challenge—in preparation for Final Case Study
- A 3,500 -word Case Study paper addressing a selected contemporary
cultural problem or challenge and its practical outworking in a student’s
ministry context. (35%)
course is available only to those who are accepted into the MA in Global
TO CURRICULUM: A
required course for the Cohort portion of the MA in Global Leadership. NO
FINAL EXAMINATION: None.
ECD is a reliable guide to the course design but is subject to modification. Update