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PAST314 Cultures, Migration and Faith

An exploration of mission and ministry in a diverse society, including understanding cultures, migration patterns, generational challenges, refugee issues, intercultural connections and bicultural commitments from the perspective of Christian faith.

Paper title Cultures, Migration and Faith
Paper code PAST314
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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One 200-level PASX or PAST paper
MINS 408
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
May not be credited together with PASX308 or MINX405 passed in 2012.
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
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Teaching staff
Lecturer: Rev Dr Kevin Ward
Paper Structure
  • Module 1 - Overview of the paper, vocabulary
  • Module 2 - Theology of culture, biblical issues and New Zealand's bicultural commitment
  • Module 3 - Migration, religion and New Zealand today
  • Module 4 - Migration and New Zealand history
  • Module 5 - Multicultural congregations
  • Module 6 - Cross-cultural connections
  • Module 7 - Worship, leadership and other topics
  • Three essays or projects (1,700 words each) 75%
  • Online discussion of recorded interviews 15%
  • One brief report (five minutes or 500 words) 10%
Teaching Arrangements
Four videoconferences throughout the semester, and teaching day
There is no text book for this paper. A coursebook has been developed.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Articulate the theological issues that relate to culture, migration, mission and ministry across cultures.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications for churches and other religious organisations of New Zealand-™s bicultural commitment in a multicultural society.
  • Articulate the theological implications of ministry across cultures and critically analyse worldwide patterns of ministry across cultures, with particular attention to their impact in Aotearoa.
  • Give an informed account of options for mission and ministry in a multicultural society
  • Identify and analyse ministry practices of churches and other religious organisations working in multicultural contexts.
  • Articulate the patterns of migration that are shaping New Zealand society and analyse their impact on churches and other religious organisations.
  • Articulate the different ways the following generations in migrant communities (1.5, second, third) adapt to their new home in New Zealand and the challenges and tensions this brings for communities and churches.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the particular issues and challenges that migrants coming as refugees face, and analyse the ways in which churches and other religious organisations have engaged with these.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
T1 Tuesday 15:00-20:50 29