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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

Spiritual Core: 6 credits
Program Skills Core: 18 credits
Concentration (Global or Urban): 6 credits
Field Development Practicum: 2 credits
Total Credits: 32

Course Number Course Title Number of Credits
ECON 513 Economic Development for Developing Countries 3
EDEV 520 Cross Cultural Skills and Understanding 3
EDEV 590 Program Planning, Management and Marketing 3
EDEV 640 Community Development 3
EDEV 695 Introduction to Microfinance 3
INST 662 Theology of Poverty 3
LDEV 610 Advocacy and Human Rights 3
LDEV 650 OR LDEV 680 Relief and Mitigation for Disasters OR Introduction to Sustainable Development 3
LEAD 540 Leadership and Empowerment 3
LEAD 576 Applied Research and Evaluation 3
EDEV 641 Development Field Practicum 2
Total 32

 

Courses

Introduction to Theories of Social Change
A one-day introduction and overview by Professor Tony Campolo on the biblical understanding of social change in the context of scriptural definitions of the kingdom of God.

Spiritual Core

LEAD 540: Leadership and Empowerment
This course provides a biblical overview of leadership models illustrated in Scripture with a focus on demonstrating how servant leadership is the preferred model. The course will also establish the basis for all participants to begin building their theological rationale for how they view and practice leadership, including an understanding of principles on which to judge contemporary models and theories of leadership. The course will give each participant an opportunity to decide on the validity of Jesus' view and practice of leadership for today's leadership and organizational challenges. It also provides an evaluative lens through which to view and evaluate other course material in the curriculum.

INST 662: Theology of Poverty
Designed to equip students who are Chrisitan development practitioners with the ability to reflect Biblically, theologically, and historically about their vocation and the challenges of poverty they encounter on a daily basis.  Its intent is to raise issues from a theological and social scientific research and practice perspective that will be analyzed more fully in subsequent courses.

Program Skills Core

EDEV 520: Cross-Cultural Skills and Understanding
The objectives of this course are for students to learn about the nature of culture and practice cross-cultural communication; understand social structures; understand cultural exchange systems and the ways in which they are manifested in industrial and non-industrial societies; understand the role of religions, both world and traditional, including beliefs and practices, in the economic development process and in receptivity to the Gospel; and come to a profound understanding of what it means to be "salt and light" to the world for Jesus Christ.

LDEV 610: Advocacy, Public Policy and Human Rights
This course is designed to prepare Christian leaders for social justice advocacy in the context of the global struggle for human rights. Drawing upon Martha Nussbaum and Amartya Sen's "Capabilities Approach" to human rights, the course presents a Freirean model for social justice advocacy that recognizes the local, national and international context of advocacy work and explores creative partnerships with other organizations and community groups on particular advocacy issues. The course emphasizes the importance of developing a biblical basis for social justice advocacy and the development professionals to cultivate strong advocacy skills.

EDEV 590: Program Planning, Management and Marketing
This course reviews the history, theory and practice of program and project planning, implementation and evaluation in nonprofit and official development organizations. It also covers grant writing, fundraising and marketing methods and strategies for such programs. Emphasis is placed on hands-on learning, while stressing the importance of understanding the conceptual frameworks.

EDEV 640: Community Development
This course is structured so that students will be able to: understand the loss and quest for community and community development in contemporary society; determine the nature and consequences of the war between good and evil in communities; describe how communities can be redeemed and empowered for transformation; and learn what is involved in assessing, sourcing, mobilizing and utilizing internal and external resources, assets, and valued goods for a community's development.

EDEV 695: Introduction to Microfinance
The goal of the course is to help the student gain a practical understanding of the fundamental concepts of microfinance, assessing customer needs and expectations; designing new products and delivery mechanisms; the various lending methodologies; the debate around regulation and supervision; assessing the quality of the portfolio; gauging financial viability; addressing governance and cultivating effective donor relations.

LEAD 576: Applied Research and Evaluation
This course is an introduction to applied research and evaluation. The primary emphasis is on qualitative research and evaluation methods for use in private voluntary organizations such as churches, urban ministries, missions, and relief and development organizations.

International Concentration

ECON 513: Economic Development of Developing Countries
The purpose of the course is to develop a better understanding of the macro-economic problems of developing countries, of theories of economic development, and of the methods and techniques needed to resolve problems, promote growth, and meet the needs of developing nations at national and global levels.

AND

LDEV 650: Relief and Mitigation for Disaster and Complex Humanitarian Emergencies
An overview of fundamental concepts, principles and tools essential for effective emergency relief and disaster mitigation interventions. A comprehensive simulation of a major disaster and NGO response is used to illustrate principles to be followed by those responsible for these programs.

OR

LDEV 680: Introduction to Sustainable Development
After crafting a definition of sustainable development, this course will address 9 issues by analyzing, investigating, and applying this knowledge through case studies. This course will go a step deeper and study how the Bible contributes to and challenges what the discipline brings, as well as what Christians are doing to address issues of sustainable development.

Urban Concentration

INST 567: Urban Sociology
This course is intended to cover core writings in the field of urban sociology with a focus on using theory to inform praxis in the city. Topics cover the social, cultural, religious, political, economic and aesthetic dimensions of the city and how they explain the production and reproduction of poverty and injustice. Special attention is given to race and ethnicity, immigration, family and community dynamics and change, political power, socio-spatial change, technological change, and the relationship between the built environment and human behavior. Key theoretical paradigms that have constituted the field since its founding are considered and assessed in terms of their implications for social policy, urban scholarship and the practice of planning for social change.

ECON 514: Urban Economics
This course assists students in using theory to understand the forces behind the growth and decline of urban areas and communities; in understanding the economic behavior of individuals, households, businesses and organizations within urban areas; and in understanding the determinants of the distribution of income, assets and resources within urban areas. The course emphasizes the application of economic theory and logic rather than memorization. The integration of Christian faith with urban community economic development is examined.

This is designed as a course overview, and is not an official course listing.

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