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Global Studies Courses

ICS150 — Global Christian Citizenship (3)

The Earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof (Ps 24:1). We live in a world that is burgeoning with change and challenge. This course provides a sweeping overview of the changes and challenges shaping our world that God so loves. This overview provides the context for students to establish a clear commitment to living as both responsible Christians and global citizens, committed both to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

ICS155 — Global Child & Youth Care Practices (3)

Global child and youth care practices provide the student with practical introductory skills and knowledge to connect to and work with youth in the context of community in an international setting. Students can expect to acquire skills that will enhance the growth and development of children and youth in a variety of contexts: i.e., church, NGO, community, hospitals, orphanage or relief and development projects. Attention is given to helping students to be sensitive and aware of the many possible cultural differences and challenges they could face and enable them to work effectively with people in various cultural settings. Note: Not applicable to the Diploma in Counseling or BA in Human Services programs.

ICS200 — Locally-based Intercultural Field Experience (3)

At the same time as students are completing the final courses in most of the Global Studies Diploma program specializations, students are required to work/volunteer 100 hours with an international agency based in Calgary. Students are placed with an agency and work/volunteer in the area of their specific Global Studies concentration. They work and learn under a supervisor who provides them with training and insight into the realities of working for an international agency in the home office. The students also submit journal entries and meet regularly with their faculty advisor.

ICS250 — Cross-cultural Communication (3)

The purpose of this course is to explore the cultural, theoretical, and practical aspects of effective cross-cultural communication. Attention is given to critical elements in cross-cultural communication such as avoiding ethnocentricity and developing awareness of non-verbal communication. Students receive the necessary tools to build a personalized framework for cross-cultural communication.

Prerequisite: ICS150.

ICS252 — Theological Foundations for Global Studies (3)

A comprehensive study of the nature and missionary intent of the church as it is progressively revealed in the Old and New Testaments. Emphasis is placed on enabling potential church leaders to solidify and grasp the biblical basis of missionary imperatives as they relate to intercultural world evangelization and church planting.

Prerequisite: ICS150.

ICS253 — Global Ministry Practices (3)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the different structures used in global ministries and their potential place in those ministries. Much has changed over the past few decades on how agencies work internationally due to drastic changes brought on by the electronic age, globalization and urbanization. From the philosophical forces that drive the agency to how they view obtaining the resources they need to accomplish their goals, this class explores who is doing what in this field and how students can best serve within it.

Prerequisite: ICS150

ICS255 — Global Child & Youth Care Issues (3)

This course helps to prepare students for work in varying circumstances with children and youth by giving them an introduction to many of the issues children and youth are faced with in the developing world. We look at some of the challenges of working in a cross cultural context. Topics to be explored include: AIDS, prostitution, slavery and human trafficking, war/trauma/PTSD, orphanages, homelessness, internally displaced persons camps (IDP’s), abandonment, poverty, risk and resilience, nutrition, abuse, grief and loss, racism, gangs and ethnic conflict. The question of 'How can we make a difference?' is explored. The course also examines primary, secondary and tertiary interventions and examines ways to work in community.

Prerequisite: ICS155

ICS259 — Global Studies International Practicum (6)

After completing the course work for the Global Studies Diploma program, students complete their international practicum in a foreign country with an international agency in the area of their specific Global Studies concentration. The minimum length of this practicum is four months under the direct supervision of an experienced field worker. On the field, students work on assignments in the areas of both personal and professional development. Students submit assignments throughout their international practicum and remain in contact with their faculty advisor as regularly as technology at their placement allows for.

Prerequisite: ICS253

ICS356 — Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (3)

This course is offered in cooperation with the Perspectives Calgary task force. This world–wide course, originally conceived by the U.S Centre for World Mission, has over 50,000 graduates and provides a sweeping overview of the biblical, historical, strategic, and cultural 'perspectives' that inspire the World Christian movement.

Prerequisite: ICS 150.

ICS460 — International Practicum (6)

During the final year of the Global Leadership program, students complete their international practicum in a foreign country with an international agency. The minimum length of this practicum is six months under the direct supervision of an experienced field worker. On the field, students work on assignments in the areas of both personal and professional development. Students submit assignments throughout their international practicum and remain in contact with their faculty advisor as regularly as technology at their placement allows for.

Prerequisites: LDR453, LDR252 and in the student's final year.

We want to share with you our excitement for a new way of learning at Rocky Mountain College.

Pathways is our new “distributed learning” model. It is taking our classroom courses out of the box, and down the road to where you are.

With our focus on discipleship, leadership and social care, Pathways now enables students, professionals, and life-long learners, to take advantage of our programs and courses no matter where they are.

Courses are available to Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime. Often times God speaks to us and we yearn for a richer life. But obstacles appear.

Pathways is about removing obstacles and allowing access to quality learning experiences. We foster changed lives both locally and globally.

It is our hope that we can show you a new pathway to learning, ministry and a richer, more meaningful life. Thank you for exploring RMC’s Pathways program.

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