EM608 - Cross-cultural Communication
2,280 Standard Tuition Fee
Learning outcomesOn successful completion of this unit, students will
Know and understand
- The dimensions of cross-cultural communication.
- The relationship between culture, the Bible and communicating the gospel.
- Selected approaches to cross-cultural communication.
Be able to
- Explain developments in the history of Christian mission.
- Analyse the principles and patterns involved in cross-cultural Christian ministry.
- Assess their own communication activity and skills with particular reference to cross-cultural ministry contexts.
- Engage with the cultural values of people from other cultures.
- Evaluate selected approaches to cross-cultural communication.
Be in a position to
- Integrate perspectives from ‘Cross Cultural Communication’ with their other theological studies.
- Apply the principles and dynamics of cross-cultural communication as a reflective practitioner.
- Formulate a contextualised approach to communicating the gospel for at least two particular cultural settings.
- Theories and models of cross-cultural communication: Culture (Nida); Incarnational (Kraft); Bonding (Brewster & Brewster); Christ and Culture (Niebuhr).
- World views and their significance for cross-cultural communication, with reference to: naturalist; animist; folk religion; Hindu-Buddhist; Chinese; monotheist; syncretistic and multi-religious world-views.
- Cognitive processes: conceptual, intuitional, concrete relational; language and communication; cultural distance and audience response.
- Behavioural patterns: cultural norms and values; body language, space, time, para-language, artefacts and the environment.
- The influence of social structures on communication; indigenous modes of communication: music; drama; sports; puppetry etc.
- Media influences: media and message; audience response.
- Its necessity; biblical mandate and examples;
- The process of contextualisation: criteria, stage and limitations;
- Cultural examples of contextualisation critically evaluated.
Claydon, D., Connecting Across Cultures (Melbourne: Acorn Press, 2000).
Claydon, D (ed.), A New Vision, A New Heart, A Renewed Call ( Pasadena: William Carey, 2005).
Bevans, S. B., Models of Contextual Theology Rev. ed. (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2004).
Burnett, D., Clash of Worlds (London: Monarch, 2002).
Carson, D. A. (ed.), Biblical Interpretation and the Church: The Problem of Contextualization (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
Elmer, D., Cross-Cultural Connections: Stepping Out and Fitting in Around the World (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002).
Fleming, D. E., Contextualisation in the New Testament: Patterns for Theology and Mission (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005).
Hesselgrave, D. J., Communicating Christ Cross-Culturally (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1991).
Hesselgrave, D. J. and E. Rommen, Contextualization: Meanings, Methods, Models (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2000).
Kraft, C. H., Culture, Communication, and Christianity: A Selection of Writings (Pasadena, CA: William Carey, 2001).
Lingenfelter, J. E. and S. G. Lingenfelter, Teaching Cross-Culturally: An Incarnation Model for Learning and Teaching (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
Lingenfelter, S. G. and M. K. Mayers, Ministering Cross-culturally: An Incarnational Model for Personal Relationships (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Baker, 2003).
Sweet, L. (ed.), The Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2003).
Weaver, G., Culture, Communication and Conflict: Readings in Intercultural Relations (Boston: Pearson, 2000).
Gilliland, D. S. (ed.), The Word Among Us: Contextualizing Theology for Mission Today (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002).
Hofstede, G. H. and G. J. Hofstede, Cultures and Organizations: Software of the mind (2nd ed.; New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005).
Sire, J. W., Naming the Elephant: Worldview As a Concept (Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2004).