DSP6110 Evaluating Social Capital Influences in Diaspora Networks

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Gary Fujino

Course Description:

Training in social capital theory and its dynamics as they specifically relate to diaspora ministry. Ways of gathering data and research methods for analyzing how social capital ebbs and flows in its sources and resources (primarily through other people) will be studied. The goal will be to practically apply what has been learned to implement effective diaspora mission strategies.

How This Course Benefits Students:

The course assumes basic knowledge of the issues and is designed to further equip the student so that they can effectively engage diaspora networks via social capital theory from an informed and practical point of view.

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.