MWS6000EN - Issues & Methods of Ethnodoxology in Global Cultures

Course description

Having understood the value and efficacy of ethnodoxology in missional work, this course takes the student deeper, providing the necessary research tools and methods, including instrument classification, transcription of non-Western melodies and how to redeem so-called 'pagan' music for Christ.

How this course benefits students

This course goes beyond merely grasping the concept of ethnodoxology; it equips students to independently carry out field research, focussing on good practice in the areas mentioned above.

Why this course is important

Knowing how to effectively carry out ethnodoxological research and analysis is a key factor for the Gospel; if not done correctly, cultural obstacles can all to easily get in the way.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Music & Worship Studies
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Romans 10:14 says: "How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?" This course enables this message to be preached in effective, contextualized ways.

Missionally driven

Using local music and arts is key to missional work. Heart music touches people in a powerful way, and this needs harnessing to spread the Gospel message to the world.

Contextually informed

Ethnodoxology is about being contextual, and respecting the positive values and traditions of other culture.

Interculturally focused

This therefore means we have to be intercultural in how we reach others with the Gospel.

Practically minded

The course allows students to gain the practical skills and knowledge needed, and to put them into practice.

Experientially transformed

Through these classes, student are transformed in how they see music and missional work.