Introduction to Sustainable Community Development

COURSE CREDIT: 4 Credit Hrs

COURSE LEVEL: 300

This course explores how knowledge of ecological systems, globalization, political economy, and the biblical worldview come together in the pursuit of development that is community-minded, just, and ecologically sustainable. Through readings, lectures and fieldtrips, students study complex issues in sustainable development such as the nexus of poverty, the environment, and justice, and the many practical challenges associated with sustainable community development.

Course Faculty

Dr. Mick Duncan - Sus. Community Development

Dr. Mick Duncan - Sus. Community Development

In 1985 he and his wife, Ruby, with their two children relocated to the Philippines and moved into the very heart of a third world squatter community. For many years they lived and worked among the poor. Michael soon became the Team Leader of the work in Manila. Their concern was to bring about holistic transformational development and this necessitated being fully engaged in relief work, community development, social justice, evangelism and church planting. Michael has written five books. Move Out (1984) published in the United Kingdom was a call for churches to be involved in the wider world. A Journey in Development (1987) was a reflection on how best followers of Jesus could work amongst the poor. And Costly Mission, published by MARC in the United States was voted one of the ten most outstanding books in mission in 1996. Who Stands Fast? (2005) and Wild Ones (2006) was published in Australia. Michael has studied theology and sociology, and has also done work in Ethics and Development Studies at Oxford University. His Masters in Theology was entitled: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a Theological Ethic of Initiative, while his more recent Ph.D. dissertation focused on John Wesley.

Michael and his wife Ruby recently moved into a neighborhood in South Auckland where they are involved in pastoring a church.

Courtnay Wilson - NZ Program Director

Courtnay Wilson - NZ Program Director

Courtnay is a Canuck from Dundas, Ontario, Canada.  Did you know that, with over 100 waterfalls, Dundas claims to be the “waterfall capital of the world”? Courtnay joined the New Zealand team four years ago after spending two years working for SoPac’s sister program in Belize.  Although she sometimes misses the escabeche and Johnny cakes, she definitely does not miss the cold showers!  Prior to working with CCSP, Courtnay spent three years in Japan teaching English in a public high school.  Before that, she completed a Master’s in Theological Studies at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario, where she also did an undergraduate degree in History and Political science. It was at seminary that Courtnay found her theological home in the Mennonite Church.  Recently, Courtnay joined St. John Ambulance in Kaikoura and is excited about her training to become a volunteer ambulance officer.   Her favourite activity in Kaikoura is communing with the acrobatic dusky dolphins from the comfort of her kayak.  You can call her “The Dolphin Whisperer”. Things you’re likely to hear Courtnay say:  Boggle anyone?  Is there coffee made?  Are you going to eat that piece of chocolate?