Most of the courses we’re previewing this week are scheduled for the fall, but we thought we’d include one summer option as well: an online version of a venerable Bethel gen ed course, taught by Prof. Sam Mulberry and other members of our department.

GES130 Christianity and Western Culture

Days/Times: June 15 – July 28, asynchronous

Prerequisites: none

Counts for:

• General Education requirement (unless you’re in the Humanities program)

• You need to take either CWC or Humanities to enroll in L-, U-, and G-tagged courses

For online CWC, Profs. Mulberry and Gehrz built seven virtual museums, all named after former HiPPos and CWC faculty — this is Sam’s rendering of an aerial view of the David Williams Museum of the Middle Ages

Complete the sentence: “Students should consider taking this course because…”

“…CWC helps students to understand the roots of contemporary Christianity and the challenges facing the modern church by exploring how Christianity has developed in relationship to the shifts, changes, and movements in Western culture over the last two thousand years.”

What’s a big question that you’re asking in this course?

What are the various ways that Christians have related to the culture around them throughout time?

How often have you taught this course? What’s something you plan to do differently this time?

This will be my tenth summer teaching CWC online, and my 58th time teaching the class overall. Every summer we look for ways to connect the history that we are teaching to events happening in the daily news through our course video webisodes. (In addition to the documentary films we created using interviews with Bethel faculty and primary source readings.)

What’s a reading you’re especially excited for students in this course to discuss?

There are too many to pick just one, but I’m always excited for students to encounter thinkers like Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Erasmus, Luther, and Locke.

(This summer we’re also offering American Politics and Government, Contemporary Moral Issues, History of Islam, and World War I. All are online and asynchronous; double-check the class schedule for start/end dates.)

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