Arts in Global Engagement – ETHM 611

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/01/2024

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.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course presents, on a graduate level, multicultural 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.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (8)

The student will complete 8 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 200 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Thursday of the assigned Module: Week. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 150 words by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of the assigned Module: Week.

Paper Assignments (5)

The student will complete five paper assignments throughout the course that will help the student reinforce the Learn and textbook material for each Module: Week.

Christian Message Through Indigenous Art Project Assignment

In 900-1500 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 Assignment

The final project in this course will be useful as the student prepares to engage with a different culture. This assignment will assist the student in completing the seven steps of the CLAT method for cross-cultural engagement. The student will develop a plan for engagement with a unique cultural group.

The final project will be split into three assignments:

Final Project: Outline Assignment

The student will complete an outline in anticipation of the final paper.

Peer-Review Discussion: Strategizing for Engagement

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation designed to cast vision for and raise funds for the cultural engagement project. The PowerPoint should contain a minimum of 15 clear, uncrowded slides with the just enough information in the notes section at the bottom to give academic credibility to the student's work and explain any terms/visuals if needed. The PowerPoint presentation will be uploaded to the Discussion as the thread, and at least 3 replies will be required to other peers' work.

Final Project: Paper Assignment.

The student will prepare a plan for engagement and communication in service to the gospel (pre-evangelism, evangelism, discipleship, Christian worship) or other important messages (community health, healing, unity, cultural reconciliation, cultural understanding, etc.) to a culture different from the student's own.

Length and other requirements: 15-20 pages excluding front and back matter (title page, table of contents, bibliography and appendices).