2024 Winter Course
NAMING AND TAMING THE BEAST: UNDERSTANDING CORRUPTION AND STRATEGIES FOR BRIDLING IT
Those enrolled in the course will explore the causes of corruption, how and where it manifests itself, its history and effects, its tentacles within the Christian community, and what can be done about it. Case studies will pepper the course. The course goal is to prepare students to obey Christ by successfully exposing, resisting, and ameliorating corruption, while also encouraging a culture of integrity. For some students, this course will provide the raw material for teaching and discipling others to bridle corruption in their institutions and lives. Students teams will design anti-corruption projects informed by Christian thought. Those who successfully complete the course will receive a Course Completion Certificate from Wilberforce International Institute.
After taking this course, students will:
- Comprehend biblical teaching about corruption, as well as the psychology, history, economics, and politics of corruption, as well as the ways it manifests in Christian institutions.
- Cultivate a God-shaped passion to bridle corruption so that those in their home societies can begin to flourish accordingly.
- Develop a desire to become people of integrity with courage to bridle corruption.
- Create and implement workable strategies for bridling the culture of corruption in their home societies.
Osburn, R. (2022, revised edition), Taming the Beast: Can We Bridle the Culture of Corruption? (St Paul, MN: Wilberforce Press)
Mondays and Thursdays, 9-10 am Central time (14 class periods, January 8-February 22, 2024)
For Further Information
Write the instructor, Dr. Bob Osburn, at email@example.com
Bob Osburn has a PhD in international education (University of Minnesota, 2005) where he was a lecturer in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development from 2008 to 2014. In 1978 he earned his ThM in Christian education at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has spent 37 years working in international student and academic ministry at the University of Minnesota, and successfully launched the 1998 World View for World Healing Conference that promoted the vision for international students engaging the deepest needs of their societies on the basis of a Christian worldview. He carries on that vision under the auspices of Wilberforce International Institute, where he is a Senior Fellow. He is the author of Taming the Beast: Can We Bridle the Culture of Corruption? (2022, revised edition) and, most recently, Developing Redemptive Change Agents: Discipleship That Helps Nations Flourish Rather Than Flounder (2021). He has been married to Susan for 48 years, father of four sons, and a grandfather to twelve. View Robert Osburn’s Curriculum Vitae or email Bob here.