Arts in Global Engagement – ETHM 611

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Students will learn how to become artistic catalysts and so facilitate local community engagement and effective outreach through music and the arts, including: 1) strategies for development of professional and intercultural relationships; 2) systems of pre-engagement and assessment of current issues; 3) contextualization of music in local worldwide contexts; 4) promoting the creation of indigenous songs; 5) promoting the distribution of such songs through appropriate media.




This course presents, on a graduate level, multi-cultural issues that students will encounter when doing internships, fieldwork, or participatory action research, equipping them with tools that they will need to engage with music in global contexts. It would also be appropriate for anyone who plans to work in any cross-cultural environment where they will encounter local arts. Students need to be aware of these issues and have strategies in place for engaging and encouraging expressive culture in relevant ways.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Choose appropriate ways to elicit an understanding of music and its cultural functions.
  2. Utilize the theoretical base of fieldwork in a practical way that directly applies to the student’s individual interests and ministries.
  3. Analyze dilemmas and possibilities involved with using indigenous music forms in church settings.
  4. Evaluate a specific people group’s needs for ethnomusicological assistance.
  5. Equip local churches with tools for meaningful contextualized worship.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (8)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide 3 initial threads in response to the topics for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words in length and demonstrate course-related knowledge and ask questions that spur conversation. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 3 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words in length in order to count as one of the 6 required posts for the forum. All threads and replies must contain at least one citation each, and current Turabian format must be used.

Writing Assignments (3)

For each assignment, the student will write a 1,200-1,800 word paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the provided topics. Each paper must include at least 6 citations in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible.

Pedagogy Project

The student will develop four modules of curriculum for teaching worship cross-culturally. There is no specific word count requirement for this assignment. However, the assignment must contain substantial content to effectively teach a 4-week program. This assignment will be posted to a discussion board forum, and the student will reply to four other projects with replies of 100-150 words. No citations are required, but current Turabian format must be used.

Christian Message Through Indigenous Music Project

In 1500-1800 words, the student will write how the message of Christ can be expressed or illustrated in indigenous music to facilitate worship, discipleship, and evangelism in a selected musical culture of a traditional or indigenous community, tribe or ethnicity.

Final Project

The student will complete both a paper and a PowerPoint presentation for this project. The paper must be 15-20 pages, and the PowerPoint must have at least 15 slides of content. This project must contain 15-20 citations.