Graduate Course Descriptions
Home > Academics > Course Description Overview > Graduate Course Descriptions


MAGL 5315   (3-3-0)   Leadership Practicum (S-L)
The course consists of supervised experience in a challenging work environment under the guidance of mentoring relationships provided by a proficient veteran in the field and an academic advisor. Students improve leadership skills in field experience that stretches and tests their abilities. Students learn to identify and utilize personal strengths effectively and to manage weaknesses in real life settings.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component. Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5316   (3-3-0)   Global Leadership Practicum (S-L)
The course places students in a challenging cross-cultural situation where it is necessary to show ability in managing different customs, norms and expectations produced by inter-cultural encounter. Special attention will be given to developing effective strategies for enhancing understanding among people of vastly different cultural backgrounds.  This course contains a field-based service-learning component.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5321   (3-3-0)   Sharing Gospel Faith
In this course students learn skills in personal evangelism by sharing testimony of a personal experience with Jesus Christ as Savior and by communicating the essentials of the Christian gospel. Strategies for how to engage people in gospel conversation and how to promote dialogue about faith issues are considered. Programs for teaching others how to share faith, and principles for interacting with persons with a different cultural background or worldview are reviewed. The class also analyzes and compares methods for evangelism in small groups, church-based evangelism, and mass evangelism.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5330   (3-3-0)   Introduction to Missiology
An introductory study of the theory and practice of Christian missions, analyzing how the gospel is best communicated in specific cross-cultural situations. The course challenges students to consider how they can share Christian faith with those who have no prior access to the gospel. The course content includes biblical foundations for missions, theology of missions, history of missions, dynamics of cross-cultural adaptation and communication, encountering world religions, discovering more effective missions strategies and contemporary issues in missions practice.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5331   (3-3-0)   Cross-Cultural Living and Ministry
The course provides orientation to people who will work in international or ethnically diverse settings where personal adaptation to a different language and culture is required. The course focuses on acquiring insights and skills for cultural adaptation, language acquisition, and contextualization of lifestyle, communication practices, and gospel witness. Students are involved in cross-cultural exercise to learn how to relate positively to those of other cultures and worldviews.   Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5332   (3-3-0)   Strategies for Missionary Work
An in depth study of strategies and tactics for missionary work; reviews the history of strategic approaches in missions, culminating with current strategies for reaching unreached people groups (UPGs); includes overview of the development and nature of the UPG paradigm. Students use current case studies, existing strategy plans, and contacts with field-based missions teams to develop a thorough understanding of the UPG approach to missions.   
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: CHST 4332


MAGL 5333   (3-3-0)   Local Church on Mission
The class will provide practical steps in developing a missional church devoted to sharing the gospel in positive terms within its own community, in its region, nation, and world. Leadership tools will be provided for church workers to lead their church to have a local and a global agenda. The course will examine best practices of churches who are engaging the unbelieving world.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5334   (3-3-0)   Chronological Bible Storying
The course helps students learn to communicate more effectively to non-literate oral learners by using stories and narratives to communicate an essential Christian message. Students will understand that most of the world's population does not learn by literate, but by oral methods, so that our communication style must reflect their preferred manner of learning. Worldview issues determine the precise choices of key Bible stories so that the Christian message can engage their cultural understandings at deep levels.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5335   (3-3-0)   Biographies of Outstanding Missionaries
The course consists of reading biographies of inspiring examples of Christian living and ministry from the history of missions. Students will read biographies from the early church, from medieval missions, from the modern missionary movement, and from recent missionary leaders. These personal models for kingdom work are instructive in learning personal habits that can achieve greatness in servant leadership and provide case studies by which missiological principles and strategies may be deduced. This class relates intimately to teh DBU mission of integrating faith and learning, since the class considers how good examples of lives lived ot honor God have contributed significantly to human good and have achieved significance in very different settings all around the world.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5336   (3-3-0)   Current Trends in Missions
The course considers important contemporary developments in global Christian missions. A review of approaches, strategies, methods, and problems will lead to suggestions about best practice and relevant applications in concrete settings.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5340   (3-3-0)   Integrating Faith and Cultures
The purpose of the course is to analyze how Christian faith intersects with cultures—whether one’s own or other cultures. Biblical, missiological, and cross-cultural principles are applied to provide perspectives, guidelines, and methods for ministry in the global marketplace. The course seeks to combine global professional expertise with strategies for inter-cultural communication of the Christian message. Students enrolled in this course are registered either for undergraduate credit at the 4000 level or for masters credit at the 5000 level, so they must pay careful attention to clearly differentiated course requirements throughout the syllabus. The previous statement appears under the course description for the syllabus, and there are different course requirements for both masters and undergraduate levels in the textbooks required, in the assignments made, and in the content of the exams.  Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5341   (3-3-0)   Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
The course reviews recent and best thinking on the advance of world evangelization by reviewing the biblical basis for missions, the history of worldwide expansion of Christianity, cultural adaptation and competencies required for work among remote peoples, and missionary strategies. Students read from an anthology of top missiological thinking by evangelicals prepared by the US Center for World Mission. Students learn where missions has taken Christianity today and where global evangelization efforts should be going.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5342   (3-3-0)   Ethnography, Cultures, and Worldviews
The course introduces students to applied ethnography, where they will learn the essentials of how to conduct interviews with persons from a different cultural identity to ascertain customs, values, and worldview understandings. Students learn to "read" a culture and to understand its way of viewing reality. Principles from social sciences such as sociology, anthropology, and demographics enrich the methodology used to analyze how people from a different cultural background think, feel, act, and relate to one another.  Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5343   (3-3-0)   Understanding Islam
The course is an introductory examination of Islamic faith and practice, designed for those with little previous understanding of Islamic culture and its doctrinal beliefs. Students will learn to describe the principle features of Islamic religious beliefs, and to identify differences between sects and groups within Islam. They will analyze Islamic influence upon Middle Eastern culture and consider how this fast growing religion will influence the shape of global geo-politics in the future.  Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5344   (3-3-0)   Strategies for Urban Ministries
The course provides tools to engage the urban setting around the globe as metropolis, inner city, and suburban area. Students learn skills for civic and personal transformation that grow out of Christian ministry and witness. Biblical models for addressing the needs of urban dwellers and sociological analysis of the changing urban panorama provide the background for examining creative strategies and consideration of effective models where churches make a difference in the city.  
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5351   (3-3-0)   History and Culture of East Asia
This course explores the historical background of China, Japan, and Korea; analyzing the East Asian culture and the current dynamics of social issues in these three countries.   Fall, Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5352   (3-3-0)   History of East Asian Philosophy and Religion
This course explores the history of East Asian philosophy, religious beliefs, and practices from the area's prehistory to the present.  Spring.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4392


MAGL 5353   (3-3-0)   Fine Arts in East Asia
An overview of the visual and performing arts of East Asia. Field trips to art museums and cultural events will be required.  Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: ART/MUSI 4393


MAGL 5354   (3-3-0)   Literature of East Asia
This course explores selected masterpieces of China, Japan, and Korea from the earliest periods through the 19th century.  Fall, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5355   (3-3-0)   Leadership in East Asia
A comprehensive introduction to and survey of the principles of leadership in East Asian culture will be covered. This course examines the topic of leadership issues in East Asia and how the leadership style has been developed in the East Asian societies. Students will study the historical and cultural backgrounds of leadership in China, Japan, and Korea and examine how the cultural values influence the methods of leadership. Emphasis is placed on the comparative study of leadership philosophies and practices between East Asian culture and American culture. Students will become familiar with past and current leaders in East Asia, and study development of leadership skills in a cross-cultural environment to enable them to become effective business and organizational leaders in East Asian culture.   
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5356   (3-3-0)   Business and Finance in East Asia
This course examines the topic of successful business in East Asian countries. Students will study the historical and cultural backgrounds of each country and examine how these backgrounds impact current business practices. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of financial issues in China, Japan, and South Korea. Students will survey the economic development of these countries focusing on the development of financial markets. The course also examines the current financial issues these countries are dealing with.   Spring, Online.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 5357   (3-3-0)   Understanding East Asian Civilization and Culture
For students involved in cultural immersion, this course provides an exploration of basic components of local culture and the heritage of civilization of a designated host country in East Asia, including an appreciation for history, religion, festivals, customs, family life, business practices, institutions, arts, etc.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MALA 5306


MAGL 5358   (3-3-0)   Essentials of East Asian Language
For students involved in East Asian language immersion, this course provides introductory knowledge of essential survival phrases, vocabulary and grammar to communicate at a basic level for living necessities and simple conversations as cultural learners.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MALA 5309


MAGL 5359   (3-3-0)   Travel Study in East Asia
Discover the vibrant culture, history, and society of East Asia, with a particular travel focus on one East Asian country. This travel study course introduces students to important cities, major historical sites, and different cultural regions. In addition, this inter-cultural experience provides service-learning opportunities in the East Asian culture where students will engage in activities beneficial to the society visited and report on what they learned from their service. Students will develop an elementary understanding of a host country’s history and culture, and experience local customs first-hand. Travel abroad and inter-cultural exercises teach students to manage different customs, norms, and expectations produced by inter-cultural encounter. Engaging in inter-cultural experiences during travel enriches students’ understanding and exploration of historical heritage, and social realities in East Asia.   Fall.
Prerequisite: None.
Cross Listed Courses: MALA 5364


MAGL 6322   (3-3-0)   Transformational Church Life
The course examines examples of healthy and vibrant spiritual life in growing churches, where members experience personal transformation, healthy community, and minister to their broader community in transformational ministry strategies. The class analyzes the kind of discipleship, personal lifestyle for members and relational realities that best promote transformation, growth, and church planting. Principles for church growth are analyzed in the light of a missional approach that measures influence of the church in its broader witness to the community and its capacity to reproduce new members and congregations, as well as internal measurements of the well-being of its members.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 6323   (3-3-0)   Small Group Disciple-Making
Small group ministries allow gospel seekers and new believers to understand the Christian gospel and to learn how to live a kingdom lifestyle as disciples. The range of small group ministry models—from a traditional Sunday School approach to a cell group network or house church—will be analyzed and compared. Students are challenged to learn dynamics of healthy small group communication, to learn how to reach out to lost people, to assist new believers in becoming mature disciples, to lead Bible study, to promote community, and to develop leaders who can contribute to Christian ministry in the small group context.  Fall.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 6324   (3-3-0)   Church Multiplication Methods
Churches can grow faster and reach more people by starting new churches and groups. The course reviews strategies for church growth, for saturation church planting, for missionary or kingdom expansion, and for prompting church planting movement to achieve rapid multiplication of churches. The course examines methods and models for promoting growth through reproducing leaders, creating new ministries, and incorporating new people. The course specifically looks at successful examples of how churches can reproduce themselves by planting new churches.   Spring.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 6325   (3-3-0)   Starting New Churches
The foundational challenges for church planters are always spiritual and relational, yet starting new churches, especially in the USA, requires demographic research into the local community, vision casting, careful planning and goal which leads up to a launch date, and defines incremental steps for the early stage of development of the church. This course reviews the planning process, teaches skills set for essential tasks such as raising financial support, enlisting a core group, team building with leaders, doing promotion in the local community, and managing the launch date for a new church.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


MAGL 6345   (3-3-0)   Business as Mission
Business as Mission looks at creative proposals for doing global business in ways that also advance a humanitarian and Christian kingdom agenda while promoting missionary strategy. This course examines the Business as Mission (BAM) movement from historical, biblical, philosophical, and practical perspectives. Students will learn to formulate strategic business plans that integrate with strategic ministry goals, even while maintaining performance standards in both domains.   Periodically.
Prerequisite: None.


[Return to Previous Page]

Graduate Programs
Courses Offered Online
Contact the Graduate Office
Return to Previous Page
 
 

 

 
 
 
DBU Home | Search | Contact DBU
 


   © 2004 Dallas Baptist University
   See Legal Notice