Anthropology for Christian Mission

This unit provides an understanding of culture and key insights from anthropology. It introduces the study of anthropology, ways of looking at culture, research and description of culture, basic concepts like worldview, key categories in anthropology and the application of anthropological understandings to cross-cultural Christian ministry, culture shock and reverse culture shock including contextualisation: cultural factors that influence comprehension of the gospel, church-planting, leadership development, and mission-church relations.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline


Credit Points



18 credit points from M7100 series units or
9 credit points from M7200 series units

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate familiarity with key anthropological concepts, categories, and terminology;
  2. examine current methods of anthropological research, comparing these with research methods in other social sciences;
  3. utilise anthropological research methods;
  4. explore the relevance of anthropological perspectives to Christian mission, and to their own cross-cultural relationships and ministries;
  5. apply anthropological concepts and research methods to the production of an ethnography based on field research.
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