MFA3500EN - Military Life and Culture

Course description

Life in the military embraces a culture distinct from civilian life to the extent that it has a strong influence over veterans throughout their lifespan. To understand and work with military members, veterans, and their families, one must understand this culture and language. This course will examine the formative and pervasive military culture.

How this course benefits students

The military culture in many ways is distinct from that of the general populations. Before students effectively can have a missional mindset an ministry to military members, they will need to become familiar with many of the customs, traditions, and lifestyles of this unique populations. Students will gain an overview dialogue with many of the issues facing military members.

Why this course is important

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

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Military Family Advocacy
Educational level
Bachelor
Learning type
Instructional
Prerequisites
None
Upcoming terms*
  • 2021-03 (Jan. 3, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022)
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Professor
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 simlilar activity.

Missionally driven

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

Contextually informed

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

Interculturally focused

Military members are a relfection of the general society as a whole 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.