WVS | Worldview Studies in Korean
FSC/SCS/WLS/WVS – Family and Social Sciences Studies/Science and Creation Studies/Theological Studies/Worship Leadership Studies/Worldview Studies
FSC – Family and Social Sciences Studies
FSC 501 – Christian Worldview and Education (3 Credits)
Formal and informal education in Korean society is overviewed and evaluated from within a biblical perspective. The importance of the ultimate purpose of life and educational aims is presented. Also, current issues such as over-competition, excessive expense for additional, private education, the identity crisis of Christian schools, alternative school movements, etc., are reviewed.
FSC 502 – Christian Worldview and Social Issues (3 Credits)
This course is designed to present the Christian perspectives on current social issues in the 21st Century such as capitalism and economic justice, taxation and land ethics, social corruption, the handicapped and social welfare and economic growth.
FSC 504 – Biomedical Ethics (3 Credits)
This course is designed to present Christian/Biblical perspectives on current biomedical issues. Starting from biblical principles, this course will promote evangelical commitment, which enables students to specify clearly where and why problems arise in the biomedical area and how Christians can be helped effectively in making decisions regarding current biomedical issues.
FSC 510 – Marriage and Communication (3 Credits)
This course will serve as a teaching/learning experience for marital communication. God’s original purpose for marriage, definition of Christian marriage, roles of the husband and the wife, characteristics of a healthy functioning marriage and the importance of communication will be discussed. lecture will cover such topics as the principles and methods of effective communication and conflict management.
FSC 511 Parent Education (3 Credits)
FSC 601 – Financial Stewardship (3 Credits)
This course provides an intensive study of financial stewardship in the Bible at both micro and macro levels. At the micro levels, this course covers the area of personal and church finance in the Biblical perspective, which includes financial planning, budgeting, spending and saving and investments. At the macro levels, this course covers such areas as Biblical and Christian perspectives on wealth and property, Christian responsibility for the poor and Biblical perspectives on economics systems and economic principles.
FSC 602 – Justice and Public Policy (3 Credits)
This course aims to explore the relevance of Christian political thought for the pursuit of just public policy today, drawing where appropriate on public policy experts. Engaging with diverse Christian perspectives, we will consider relevant insights for contemporary issues such as: the role of government; religious and cultural pluralism; democracy and constitutional reform; regionalism and nationalism; human right; equality and welfare.
FSC 615 – Marriage and Family Counseling (3 Credits)
This course provides students with an overview of marriage and family counseling with current issues in family ministries. The focus of the course will be on developing both a conceptual base for understanding marriage and family functioning and practical frameworks for meeting the needs of marriages and families. In the beginning of the class, the purpose of Christian counseling, some current theories of marital counseling, and basic principles of counseling will be introduced. Then, general family problems will be discussed according to family life cycle. Families with the addicted and non-traditional families including divorced and step families will be discussed as well.
FSC 621 – Media and Contemporary Culture (3 Credits)
It is virtually impossible for us to be immune from the influence of media whether traditional such as printed material or high-tech social networking services. In this course, the various issues regarding media and contemporary culture will be discussed from the perspective of Christian worldview. Such issues include, and not are limited to, theological significance of media, history of communication, influence of media on society and church, dynamics of contemporary media- saturated culture, Christian witness and media, and media technology and ministry.
SCS – Social Sciences Studies
SCS 500 – Science, Technology and Ethics (3 Credits)
Students learn the relationship between science/technology and Christian faith in the era of the post-industrial revolution. The nature, meaning and ethics of modern science and technology are analyzed from the Christian perspective, particularly with reference to the de-humanizing tendencies in technological application. Various issues in bioethics like birth control , abortion, and euthanasia, etc., are also included.
SCS 501 – Christianity and Environmental Issues (3 Credits)
This course presents the biblical principles which should underlie science and environmental issues. Basic assumptions of contemporary science and environmental issues are evaluated from the Christian perspective.
SCS 502 – History and Philosophy of Science (3 Credits)
This course combines study of the history of science and the philosophical presuppositions of scientific endeavour, presented with special emphasis upon the historical interaction between science and Christianity. Christian evaluation of scientific method, scientific laws, etc., are conducted.
SCS 503 – Christianity and Creation Studies (3 Credits)
Starting with a brief history of the “origins” controversy from the early church to the twentieth century, this course analyzes the biblical and scientific implications of creationism and evolution. Some evaluation of ‘creation science,’ ‘theistic evolution,’ ‘intelligent design’’as a movement are also provided.
SCS 690 – Creation Studies Seminar (3 Credits)
SCS 691 – Creation Studies Field Trip (3 Credits)
This is a field trip course for creation studies designed for worldview study students who do not have science background. Basic geological concepts are dealt from a creationists catastrophic perspective. And those concepts are applied in Wells Gray Provincial Park (Spahats Falls), Canadian Rocky Mountains (Athabasca Falls, Athabasca Glacier, etc.) and Royal Tyrrell Dinosaur Museum and its vicinity (Hoodoo, Horseshoe Canyon, etc.). Through the field trip, students can detect the God’s design in one of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world.
WVS – Worldview Studies
WVS 500 – Worldview Foundations (3 Credits)
This course begins with a consideration of the anthropological and sociological understandings of a “worldview” and how it works to shape personal and community ethos. It then moves to a selective survey of the history of the Christian worldview as it has gained expression from the patristic times to the twentieth century. Special attention is given to the way in which diverse worldviews have shaped and affected theological discussion and expression.
WVS 501 – Oriental Culture and Christian Worldview (3 Credits)
Students consider the oriental thought and its worldview(s) in the light of Christian truth. Nationalism, literature, and philosophical elements of oriental culture as expressed in individual and communal settings are analyzed. The contextualization of the gospel to this culture is considered.
WVS 502 – Contemporary Ideologies and Christian Worldview (3 Credits)
This course surveys contemporary religious, philosophical and cultural ideologies with particular emphasis upon their significance for communicating the Christian worldview. New Age, religious pluralism, humanism, post-communism, utopianism, and various Hindu sects and ideologies of science and technology are considered.
WVS 503 – Arts, Literature, and Christian Worldview (3 Credits)
The nature and meaning of arts and literature in relation to the development of Christian thought is examined in this course. The historical and ideological backgrounds of post-modernism and its influence upon the arts and literature are analyzed and criticized from the Christian worldview position.
WVS 600 – Philosophical Foundations of Worldview Studies (3 Credits)
This course deals with a consideration of the philosophical understanding of a worldview.
WVS 601 – Worldviews in the Biblical World (3 Credits)
This course is designed to elucidate the worldviews that are behind and in the biblical text. The people of God in the Bible had to face the worldviews of their surrounding cultures. In addition, within the cultures of the Old Testament Israelites and the New Testament Christians, there were diverse worldviews. Some of them were commended but others were criticized by the biblical writers. By examining these worldviews, the students will gain insights with which they can discern the worldviews of the contemporary cultures and foster more adequate and authentic Christian worldview that is faithful to the Bible. For each term a particular Biblical text, such as the book of Exodus, will be selected in order to do in-depth study.
WVS 602 – Marketplace and Christian Worldview (3 Credits)
One or more Christian leaders are invited from the church and other areas, sharing their experience, knowledge and wisdom on how to live Christianly and apply the biblical worldview to their ministry and vocational areas. In addition to the active class interaction with the leaders and the leaders’ biographical sketches, students are expected to write reviews for the books that moved the leaders’ lives and ministry and biographical sketches for the figures that significantly influenced their career.
WVS 640 – Christian Worldview and Biblical Spirituality (3 Credits)
All aspects of Christian life should be guided and guarded by the Bible. Spirituality is not an exception, no matter how noble and lofty it may sound. This course attempts to articulate from the perspective of Christian worldview what authentic Christian spirituality entails. It also pursues a holistic and integrated understanding of Christian spirituality, with which one can discern contemporary popular spiritual manifestations especially within a Korean context. Various works on spiritual theology including the those of Eugene Peterson will be discussed during the course.
WVS 680/THS 680 Christianity and Culture (3 Credits)
WVS 690 – Worldview Internship (3 Credits)