DSP4110 Community and Group Dynamics in Diaspora Networks

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Gary Fujino

Course Description:

How peoples relate to each another can have far-reaching implications. This is especially true when interactions are not only individual but within larger groups and communities connected to more than one geographical location. This course seeks to understand the value and power of social capital (trust in relationships, motivators for participation, what causes groups/communities to rise and fall, etc) specific to diaspora theory. The student will gain fundamental knowledge for understanding and engagement of diaspora peoples through the lens of social capital.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course is intended to be an introduction to create understanding for the student on the fundamentals of social capital theory as they relate to the dynamics of diaspora networks. There is also a component of practicum where knowledge is put into action.

Why This Course Is Important:

This is an essential course because topic is fundamental to the study and engagement of diaspora peoples. I have also intentionally made the title of the first course more accessible because, as important as ‘social capital’ is for missional understanding and practice, the term itself can be offsetting. But the study of social capital is dynamic like diaspora networks themselves. I see social capital as being a “lifeline” to understanding diaspora mission because social capital is all about people and their relationships. Relationships are at the heart of missional ministry. So a firm grasp of social capital’s theoretical underpinings will, in turn, empower and give vision to the student for meaningful and purposeful engagement in their ministries to diaspora peoples.