Before graduating, International Studies majors have a capstone course called “Integrative project”. They combine their 50+ credit hours of courses in political science, anthropology, business, geography, language and theology in a final research paper which examines a certain phenomenon in their host culture. Mason Graves and Jelissa Myers both spent a semester in Spain, where they collected data on contemporary problems that Spaniards face. This month, both Mason and Jelissa will be presenting their research:
- Mason Graves: 1pm, Monday, April 15 in the student theater, will be presenting on the changing values in Spain due to globalization.
- Jelissa Myers: 11am, Tuesday, April 16 in the student theater, will be comparing Muslim and Catholic family structures and values in Spain with those of the typical American family.
Which development efforts are sustainable and holistic? Which ones are just born out of a savior complex, create dependency and cause demoralization? Certainly, Habitat for Humanity’s model is one which recognizes the capacity of lower income people to improve their situation. Did you know that owners of Habitat houses must finance their homes (interest free) and put in “sweat equity hours” to construct their own home as well as other Habitat houses?
These themes- dependency, capacity building, sustainability- and our biblical mandate to help the widow, orphan, foreigner and poor (plus engage in political advocacy for their needs) are the content of the Global Social Responsibility Course. The course also requires a field trip with service hours related to community development. Pictured here are some students in the course who helped paint a Habitat house in Jackson this month, along with Dr. Nehrbass.