Students gain a detailed perspective of the social issues facing children and youth from diverse families, and groups across the globe. They also examine international human rights violations, discrimination and prejudice. Students learn to incorporate socio-ecological systems theory, where they take into consideration the micro and macro issues affecting youth and families on a social, emotional and psychological level. Students develop culturally sensitive strategies to support at-risk youth and their families in various internation settings.
In order to minister effectively to youth, an understanding of their context is essential. This course is designed to enhance the student's understanding of youth culture in the global, multicultural, multiethnic, and multifaceted context. For students the key will be, having an understanding of youth culture through the evaluation of the kind of life created for them, and the life they create for themselves in different global settings.
This course is needed to equip students with the tools to analyze and interpret the current youth cultural context; To help students develop a normative theological framework for understanding the interaction of the Gospel in youth culture, especially relating directly to youth, To assist students in developing an understanding of the unique issues youth are facing in a multicultural context within society; To examine the current approach to culture by youth ministry; To investigate ministry needs within youth culture; To develop strategies to minister to various aspects of the youth culture, and assess the minister’s cultural intelligence as it pertains to the youth of today.
Bibical foundations are present in this course that support providing effective ministry to youth from a multicultural perspective.
This course is missional because of the direct approach on providing services beyond the scope of the traditional church setting to at-risk youth in mulitcultural societies across the globle.
This course is contextual due to dealing with the issues youth are challenged with personally and in their environment.
This course is Intercultural because of you being view from all walks of life, from a multicultural context.
This course has practical application within society.
Students have an opportunity to explore the elements of culture which shape today's youth social structure, and develop a framework for continuous evaluation of these elements in a multicultural context.