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Course Description

This course builds upon the SPU produced film series, “Faith & Co: Business on Purpose.”  This course re-imagines (through the lens of Christian theology) business as a calling to serve God and our neighbors (the common good). The course makes extensive use of evocative short story films, interviews with executives and subject matter experts. The course will develop a theological framework for business and its implications for purpose, profit, ethics, stakeholder relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/ sustainability.

Course Outline

I.  Theological Foundations:

Week: Date: Topic

1.  January 22       Business as a Calling (Creation Mandate)

2.  January 28       Business & the Missio Dei

3.  February 4       Ethics and “Core Values”

II. Business and Restoration/Right Relationships:

4. February 11      Spiritual Formation

5.  February 18     Employees: Re-Humanizing Work

6.  February 25     Customers: Re-Personalizing the Marketplace

7.  March 4            Inclusion & Justice

8.  March 11         Creation Care; Course Wrap-up

Learner Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • Meaningful and practical connections between faith and the practice of business.
  • A Christian theological framework for business and its implications for purpose and practice.
  • Practical examples of how faith-based values can be expressed in business (i.e., through customer and employee relationships, economic inclusion and creation care/sustainability).
  • Opportunities for self-reflection, discussion and the development of practical action plans.

Notes

  1. Each week’s module will “unlock” on the dates listed in the Outline at 3:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (you will need to sign on to Canvas and click “Modules” on the left column).
  1. Students should complete each week’s module by the following Sunday evening at midnight Pacific Standard Time.  Each module should take 100-120 minutes to complete.  Students taking the course for credit will have additional assignments.
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