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Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR)

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Director, John Stott Professor of Human Needs and Global Resources and Professor of Environmental Studies Laura S Meitzner Yoder

Associate Director, Associate Professor James G. Huff

Assistant Director, Alexander H. Jones

 

The Majority World (often referred to as the Third World or the Global South), comprising substantial portions of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, is a region facing monumental challenges, including ecological vulnerability, poverty, hunger, conflict, injustice, and persistent health concerns. At the same time these regions are endowed with substantial human and natural resources that are their hope and future.

Human Needs and Global Resources (HNGR) is an academic certificate program that integrates multidisciplinary coursework, a six-month internship, and whole-person formation through experiential learning. Students live, work, worship, and serve with local communities worldwide, while accompanying host partner organizations that confront poverty, challenge inequity, transform conflict, pursue justice, and seek fullness of life. The program cultivates a life-orienting commitment to justice, intercultural humility, compassion, hospitality, environmental health, and peacemaking, as actively reflected in lifestyle and vocation.

Past internships have included, but are not limited to, projects in: agriculture, church development, community art, community development, education, environment, ethnomusicology, gender, health and nutrition, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, hydrology, legal advocacy, micro-enterprise, property rights, social justice, and youth development. Each internship includes supervised study and service related to the student's interests, and enables students to learn about culture and appropriate development responses within specific cultural contexts. HNGR aims to promote student commitments to formulating Christian responses in their lifestyles and vocational choices, to the issues facing the globe and its peoples.

Students from any major may take selected HNGR courses, including Poverty, Justice and Transformation (HNGR 114), without obligation to complete the HNGR Certificate. Students who wish to earn the HNGR Certificate must submit a formal application (usually in the fall semester of their sophomore year), be accepted to do the six-month off-campus internship, and complete the internship and all course work. Details are available in the HNGR office and on the HNGR website at http://www.wheaton.edu/hngr.

Certificate candidates are required to complete 16 hours of preparatory course work before the internship, including HNGR 114 and 385; ANTH 353; and one or more of the following elective courses: SOC 385, IR 357, or ECON 365. During their internships students earn four to eight hours of credit for the HNGR internship (HNGR 496), four hours of credit for the Global Christian Perspective course (HNGR 484), and two to four hours of Independent Study credit in either their major field of study or under the HNGR Program. Upon return to campus, students take the HNGR Capstone Integration Seminar (HNGR 494) for two final hours of credit.

HNGR students meet Social Inquiry CATC requirements by taking any course with the SI tag. Students who complete the preparatory course work, internship, independent study, and integrative seminar will receive the Human Needs and Global Resources Certificate in recognition of fulfillment of all requirements.

HNGR graduates are especially well prepared to work in the Majority World and domestically with development, government, and international organizations, missions, and other international agencies, as well as to pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields such as business, education, science and health professions, theology, social sciences, and law.

HNGR Courses

HNGR 114. Poverty, Justice and Transformation. An introduction to the social, political, economic, biophysical, environmental and spiritual dimensions and causes of poverty, inequality and injustice. Examines the experience of people confronting poverty in Majority World contexts and considers the factors that connect human communities and ecological systems worldwide, such as globalization, migration, climate change, global health and disease, religious and social movements, and urbanization. Emphasis is given to understanding the theories, methods and effectiveness of diverse approaches to international development and holistic transformation. GP and SI. (4)

HNGR 381. Topics in Development. Selected topics from the following: technology and the environment, appropriate technology, and community development. Seminar format with guest lecturers and student presentations. Prerequisites depend on topic. (2 or 4)

HNGR 385. Field Research Methods and Intercultural Orientation. A practical preparation of HNGR Program interns for participatory research and cross-cultural living and service. Emphasis in research is on design and implementation of qualitative and quantitative research methods in actual field settings, including roles, rapport, ethics, cultural adaptations, field notes, and write-up. Emphasis in orientation is on cross-cultural adjustment, including approaches, responses, psychological adaptation, relationship-building, communication, health, and Christian witness. Open to outgoing HNGR interns only. Course fee, $300.

HNGR 481. Introduction to Global Christian Perspective. Supervised directed reading and reflection, done as part of the HNGR field internship that addresses selected themes in global Christian thought and practice, including poverty and powerlessness, justice and reconciliation, community and community development, and brokenness and healing. This is the summer session of HNGR 484 (Global Christian Perspective), which is taken during the Fall semester. Open to HNGR interns only. Graded pass/fail. (0)

HNGR 484. Global Christian Perspective. Supervised directed reading and reflection, done as part of the HNGR field internship that addresses selected themes in global Christian thought and practice, including poverty and powerlessness, justice and reconciliation, community and community development, and brokenness and healing. Open to HNGR interns only.

HNGR 491. Introduction to Internship in Development. Supervised field experience through a six-month internship in the Majority World, generally with a Christian organization involved in holistic development. The program of study is designed to meet the particular interests and needs of the student, host organization, and community in which the internship is conducted. This is the summer session of HNGR 496 (Internship in Development). Open to HNGR interns only. Graded pass/fail. (0)

HNGR 494. HNGR Capstone Integration Seminar. Evaluation and integration of the student's field experience in the Majority World, applying theories of socioeconomic change, intercultural communication, and Christian worldview, and an analysis of alternative models of holistic development. Open to returned HNGR interns only. Course fee, $350. (2)

HNGR 495. Independent Study. Directed reading and research or internship projects. (2-4)

HNGR 496. Internship in Development. Supervised field experience through a six-month internship in the Majority World, generally with a Christian organization involved in holistic development. The program of study is designed to meet the particular interests and needs of the student, host organization, and community in which the internship is conducted. (4-8)

Revision Date: June 1, 2017

 

 

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