This unit applies insights drawn from Christian spirituality, and material culture as well as pastoral practice to study a variety of responses to death, dying and bereavement. Students will be expected to engage with historical and contemporary theories and practices dealing with death and grieving. Reflection on and critical assessment of these practices will acquaint students with an understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and the bereaved.
Identify how a work of art (of your choice) expresses cultural and spiritual attitudes to death and dying.
Articulate the foundational beliefs that underlie two Christian rituals surrounding death and dying
Critically assess several theories of grieving.
Identify (with visual examples) how art in the past might have enhanced pastoral care of the dying and the bereaved
Critically assess two or three themes that have emerged in recent literature on how Christian spirituality relates to death, dying and bereavement.
This unit explores the role of material culture as a source for identifying and interpreting Christian spiritual practices in the care of the dying and bereaved.
Choose from ONE of the following alternatives: Essay. 7000 words
Presentation i.e photograph, picture; poetry (performed); film or video; drama/dramatic performance; which displays one or more themes studied in this unit. This work will be accompanied by a written reflection (total equivalent to 7000 words).
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-25 15:48:46 +1100