DSP6130EN - Theories & Methods of Diaspora Mission

Course description

Preparation to lead displaced people by evaluating reasons for immigration and physical, emotional and spiritual issues related to relocation. Analyzes the differences between refugees for economic reasons and those driven out by persecution or war, and differences between change to near-culture or drastic cross-cultural adjustment. Examines contemporary experience, including how technology retains connections and potential ways to grow in community.

How this course benefits students

Students prepare to lead displaced people by evaluating the issues before and during migration with a special emphasis on refugees, those driven out by war and persecution. What does it mean to have no choice other than to risk one's life? Students can learn empathy and tools needed for this type of work.

Why this course is important

Refugees are a unique category of migrant, ones forcibly displaced. They have certain traumas to process and overcome and need special attention to find healing and integration.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Diaspora Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Gary Fujino, Professor of Diaspora Studies

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Hebrews 11:13-14 "All these faithful people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own."

Missionally driven

This course is missional in that it goes out to the spaces where people are struggling, bringing healing and good news into dark places.

Contextually informed

The context of a refugee can determine how they cope or fail to integrate and adapt, to rise above the trauma he or she has endured. We will look at various contexts in this course, and tease apart some differences.

Interculturally focused

Refugees are a category of diaspora, although sometimes even one family has members scattered over several nations. It not only requires special inter-cultural skills and understandings, but it also creates a new inter-cultural aspect within families.

Practically minded

This course will equip the student to deal in a hands-on way with refugees, their particular needs and ways of addressing healing and community-building.

Experientially transformed

This course will equip the student to deal in a hands-on way with refugees. Students will get to experience paths toward healing and community-building.