MLV6520EN - Trends/Issues in Military Life and Culture

Course description

How is military life and culture changing? What are driving these changes? Students will explore readings from different timeperiods and perspectives, evaluate these trends, and propose how they may impact missional activities.

How this course benefits students

Students will be able to identiy cultural differences between society as a whole and the military. Culture may not be easily ascertained since the underlying rules/norms have more collective influence than official statements.

Why this course is important

This class is foundational for understanding this particular subset of American culture.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Missional Living
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Hal Scott, BCC, Professor of Military Ministry

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Ministry throughout the diaspora is a major theme in the book of Acts. Included in this movement is resolving issues across cultural norms. Missional activity to the military culture, whether active, veteran, or retired, is a very simlilar activity.

Missionally driven

To reach another culture, one must first seek to understand and relate to that specific culture. Military life and culture have many distinctives which need to be addressed before ministering in that environment.

Contextually informed

Understanding cultural dynamics of the military is central to this unique environment and will greatly help in ministering to this distinctive context.

Interculturally focused

Military members are a reflection of the general society as a whole, and as such, have a great level of diversity.

Practically minded

A culture is how a particular group functions. Learning about military life and culture will enable to the student to understand the mindest and daily reality of this unique subset of the population.

Experientially transformed

Students will interview military members and their families.