Course Syllabus

MIN602: Christian Community Development and the Social Justice Tradition

Undergraduate Syllabus

Instructor & Contact Information

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Course Description

This course introduces students to the theory and practice of Christian community development in an increasingly interconnected, urban world.  Course topics include: relocation, racism, reconciliation, redistribution, community asset mapping and other Christian community development principles. This course also helps students understand a range of social justice traditions including the Black church, the Brown church, Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Global Justice traditions and others.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Articulate the eight principles of Christian community development.
  2. Reflect on the complexities of relocation, racism, reconciliation and redistribution.
  3. Create a community assessment for a neighborhood including an asset map and needs assessment.
  4. Compare social justice traditions including the Black church, the Brown church, Rescue Missions, the Salvation Army, Global Justice traditions among others.
  5. Apply the principles of Christian community development and social justice traditions into a personal reflection paper and an organizational strategy paper.

Degree Program Outcomes

Degree outcomes are the overall skills and knowledge we expect you will have after successfully completing a degree program at City Vision University. This course supports the following program outcomes, marked with an asterisk (*). After completing the degree, you will be able to do the following in each of the listed domains:

  1. Bible. Use sound principles of Biblical interpretation to analyze the structure, themes and content of the Bible and apply that to local contexts.
  2. Theology. Apply the foundational truths of Christian theology grounded in Scripture to local contexts.
  3. Calling. Create a synthesis of a reflective life vision and plan to enable 24/7 ministry based on God’s purposes for work and their own unique calling.
  4. Leadership. Develop a personal philosophy and plan for leadership based on principles of leadership and effective ministry management.
  5. Life Balance. Develop a plan for him/herself and others to establish life balance in a society saturated with technology and addiction. 
  6. Cross-Cultural Ministry. Develop strategy for effective cross-cultural management and ministry and apply that to their own organizational or ministry context. (BA only)*
  7. Specialization. Develop skills and apply learning and concepts in one area of specialty ministry.

Required Texts

Students are required to purchase these texts before the first day of classes. 

Pick One Text as Your Second Required Book

Our goal in this course is both that students both learn CCD principles from the primary text above and go deeper in their learning into one other Christian social justice tradition. We allow students to pick a book to accommodate for the diversity of our student body.

You can pick from the list below or you can suggest your own. If you suggest your own, your instructor will need to ensure that it meets the course objective to “understand Christian social justice traditions" You cannot pick a book that you have read prior to this course.

Black Church

Latino/a Church

Native Americans

Rescue Missions

Salvation Army

White (Majority Culture) Churches

Christians in Social Work

Global Perspective

Additional Book Recommendations on Race & Ethnicity

Additional Book Recommendations on Global Christianity

Guidelines for Written Work

All written work must follow our Writing Format and Forum Requirements. You must read these to understand how to cite sources appropriately.

Critical Policies to Read for This Course

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Additional Policies:

This syllabus is subject to change without notice up until the first day of the semester. Last updated: June 1, 2022

Course Summary:

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