GRADUATE Distance Education (DE) COURSES
Foundations of Cross-cultural Service
Training Across Cultures – DE version of the current course. Likely to be offered in summer 2014 and/or perhaps will replace the onsite course in the Spring of 2015
Understanding the Qur’an – C. Jonn Block (Sessions 1-2, Spring 2014)
GRADUATE HYBRID DE COURSE:
What: New “ Arts in Trauma Healing” grad course at GIAL!
How: Mostly online, with residential classes on campus Jan 20-31, 2014.
When: Sessions 1-2, Spring 2014 Term
Who: Anyone! No prerequisites, and easy “Gateway” admission for those not ready to apply for graduate status.
With traumatic situations resulting from war, conflict, disease, famine, domestic violence, and sexual abuse rampant in our world today, trauma is fast becoming a large and important mission field. Biblically-based trauma healing strategies provide an opportunity for the Church to permeate these traumatic situations with the good news of Christ’s healing power, forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.
A new course to be offered at GIAL, “Arts in Trauma Healing,” opens Scripture from the perspective of suffering and combines this biblical foundation with basic mental health principles so that students learn how to deliver basic scripture-based trauma care. Special emphasis is given to using the arts in the healing process, as traumatized people need to express their pain. Song, dance, music, drama, poetry and the visual arts will be explored as powerful vehicles to help them do so.
Crafted as a “blended” course, with readings and assignments completed online during Sessions 1-2, the course also requires a two-week period of on-campus participatory afternoon classes between January 20 and 31, 2014. Upon successful completion, this course can be used towards an MA at any regionally accredited school.
Coming soon: “Arts For a Better Future” will be held in the summer session as a blended course (based online with a week of intensive residential learning on campus--dates to be determined). Taught by Dr. Brian Schrag.
UNDERGRADUATE DE COURSES: (to be offered as Summer 2014 courses)
Language and Society
AA4370a – a one hour remedial course in the practical aspects of Cultural Anthropology for those whose undergrad anthropology was theoretical in nature. This will be an independent study course.
Cross-cultural Experience (to be offered in conjunction with an agency short term 6 to 8 week summer trip. We will start with Wycliffe’s Discovery Trip but will be open to working with other agencies. This six to eight week summer experience combines learning and service, allowing the student to explore the reality of cross-cultural service under the direction of a leader who has extensive field experience. Upon completion the student will:
- Have successfully lived and learned in a cross-cultural situation
- Understand experientially the challenges that come with 'immersion' in the host culture
- Understand some of the dynamics of working in a team setting