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Social Justice from a
Biblical Perspective
Comparative Worldviews
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Community Service Learning

CollegePlus Courses are highly flexible, accessible and affordable. Best of all, they offer uncompromising content, designed to equip you for life.

How it Works

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for each of these courses. This is the same organization that evaluates and recommends credit for CLEP and DSST exams. CollegePlus Courses allow you to study anywhere, and on your own schedule.

Exclusive video lectures add dimension to your course readings. Your grade from each course is based on your successful completion of reflection papers and proctored exams.

Social Justice from a Biblical Perspective

Dr. Ryan Messmore

It's a hot button issue, yet very few people can even define what social justice is! This course provides an introduction to the history and theology of this very relevant topic. Equip yourself with true stories of how institutions have fought poverty in the past and how you can promote human flourishing and true social justice.

Dr. Messmore is a Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. He received his PhD from Oxford University and is a wealth of information on the history and theory of social justice in the United States.

Topics

  • What is Social Justice?
  • Relational Justice
  • Understanding Poverty
  • Religion and “The Common Good”
  • The Importance of Giving & Working
  • Working Towards Justice
  • Wealth and Economic Inequality
  • Job Creation & Economic Growth
  • Justice in the Public Square and Political Arena
  • What is Government’s Role?
  • A Government Safety Net
  • Understanding Entitlement and Spending
  • Justice as a Way of Life
  • What Can You Do to Seek Justice?

Quick Facts

  • Highly flexible, with twenty-four video lectures and readings on social justice
  • Mid-term and final exam
  • Study estimate: 50 hours
  • Computer requirements: webcam, Internet access
  • Recommended for 3 semester hours in the lower-division (100/200 level) baccalaureate degree category in Social Sciences
  • Course Textbooks: Money, Greed and God by Jay Richards and Restorers of Hope by Amy Sherman
  • Cost: $197 for CollegePlus students; regularly $297
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Comparative Worldviews

John Stonestreet

Everyone has a worldview. Most people accept theirs from the culture in which they live. This course explores the idea of worldview, as well as the various dominant worldviews shaping the contemporary world, including secularism, New Age, Christianity, Islam, and postmodernism.

John Stonestreet is the Executive Director of Summit Ministries and he's been an Adjunct Professor at Bryan College. The course you're about to enjoy contains the dynamic, passionate teaching style that has endeared him to hundreds of Summit and college students for years.

Topics Covered:

  • Making Sense of Your World
  • What is a Worldview?
  • Putting Worldviews to the Test
  • Chuck Colson Worldview 101: Why It Matters
  • Naturalism
  • Transcendentalism
  • Postmodernism
  • Theism
  • Pluralism
  • Evil and Suffering
  • Bioethics
  • Marriage and Family

Quick Facts:

  • Highly flexible, with twenty video lectures, reflection worksheets, and selected readings
  • Five reflection worksheets
  • Selected readings
  • Final exam
  • Time estimate: 55-60 hours
  • Computer requirements: webcam, Internet access
  • Recommended for 3 semester hours in the lower-division (100/200 level) baccalaureate degree category in Humanities
  • Course Textbook: Making Sense of your World: A Biblical Worldview by Phillips, Brown and Stonestreet
  • Cost: $197 for CollegePlus students; regularly $297
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Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Jim Van Eerden

Imagine getting college credit while learning how to be an entrepreneur! This course teaches the basics of starting your own business. You'll learn from Jim Van Eerden, a Christian entrepreneur who has successfully turned business ideas into reality and now shares his real-world experiences with you in exclusive video lectures so you can get that business idea out of your head and into a working business plan.

Topics

  • Learn the essentials to starting a new business, including legal, financial, and marketing terms
  • Discover how entrepreneurship has dramatically changed in the last decade
  • Learn to make savvy business decisions that bring value to your employer or business
  • Explore business ideas using a unique visual canvas
  • Learn how to pitch your idea to investors
  • Create a business that serves a higher purpose

Quick Facts

  • Format: Video lectures, readings, application projects
  • Final exam
  • Time estimate: about 60 hours
  • Computer requirements: webcam, Internet access
  • Recommended for 3 semester hours in the lower-division (100/200 level) baccalaureate degree category in Business
  • Course Textbooks: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink, Business Model Generation by Wiley, and The Serving Leader, by Ken Jennings.
  • Cost: $197 for CollegePlus students; regularly $297
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Community Service Learning

Dr. Freddy Cardoza

Want to get a scholarship or apply to grad school when you finish? This course strengthens your resume while giving you steps to effect change in your own community.

Dr. Freddy Cardoza has a grasp of community service that only a battle hardened veteran can. He grew up in urban housing projects before working in the inner-city and leading service groups and teaching at Biola University. He knows what works and what doesn't and draws in listeners with an engaging teaching style.

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Topics Covered:

  • How service learning is changing education
  • What is social entrepreneurship?
  • Freddy's story
  • How to find local needs and design a great service project
  • Overcoming common obstacles
  • How to get your project approved
  • Launching your service project
  • Using a blog, photos, and video to tell your story
  • How to reflect on what you've learned and get credit!

Quick Facts

  • Format: Nine video lectures, readings, reflection papers
  • 10-15 weeks for project
  • Work with a facilitator to design and implement your project
    (Note: Traditional church projects such as VBS, youth group, or similar do not generally meet the requirements)
  • Time required: 40 hours of theory (includes lectures, assignments, and reading time), plus 80 hours for actual service project
  • Recommended for 3 semester hours in the lower-division (100/200 level) baccalaureate degree category as Free Electives
  • Cost: $297 for CollegePlus students; regularly $397
  • Open enrollment, but students are generally encouraged to start 3-4 weeks before their project begins in order to complete the theory portion of the course first.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Where will these courses fit in my degree?

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for each of these courses. The specific areas where the courses fit are a little different for each degree major, so it's best to ask your CollegePlus Coach for placement information.

Are these the only courses available?

More CP Courses are in development for 2013. Have a suggestion for a course or professor? Send it to us!

Once I've registered, how long do I have to complete these courses?

The Social Justice and Comparative Worldviews courses must be completed in 6 weeks. Once this time frame has passed, students may purchase a 6 week extension for $30. Please allow 1 business day for your registration to be processed.

How do I get a credit transcript for a CP Course?

Once you complete your course successfully, your transcript will be automatically generated.

Do I need a proctor to take the final exams?

Exams for Social Justice and Comparative Worldviews are proctored using your computer's webcam and a remote proctor who monitors the testing. This testing fee is built into the cost of the course. If a student fails an exam and needs to retake, they may do so for an additional fee after 180 days have elapsed since the previous exam was taken.

I have more questions. Who should I call?

We'd love to answer your questions. You can e-mail us at courses@collegeplus.org or call 866-989-5432, ext. 707.