YFM3300EN - Youth and Multiculturalism

Course description

Missional students will gain a detailed perspective of the social issues facing children and youth from diverse families and minority groups. Missional students will examine human rights violations, discrimination and prejudice. Missional students will incorporate the ecological systems theory, where they will take into consideration the micro and macro issues affecting youth and families on a social, emotional and psychological level. Missional students will develop culturally sensitive strategies to support Youth and their families.

How this course benefits students

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 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.

Why this course is important

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.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Youth & Family
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Angela Neal Brooks, Professor of Youth & Family Services

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Bibical foundations are present in this course that support providing effective ministry to youth from a multicultural perspective.

Missionally driven

This course is missional because of the direct approach on providing ministry/services beyond the scope of the traditional church setting to youth in a muliticultural society from a multifacet context ( meeting them where they are).

Contextually informed

This course is contextual due to dealing with the issues youth are challenged with personally and in their environment.

Interculturally focused

This course is Intercultural because of you being view from all walks of life, from a multicultural context.

Practically minded

This course has practical application within society.

Experientially transformed

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.