Content

In this unit, students will consider the human experience of suffering, with particular reference to loss and grief, developing potential spiritual and pastoral care responses. Participants will be introduced to spiritual, theological, cultural and scientific resources to better understand the nature of suffering alongside the complex effects of short and long term, complicated and uncomplicated grief and grieving. Along with theoretical information, participants will be able to acquire tools and skills for spiritual guidance and pastoral care in a variety of settings and be equipped to share these with their faith communities, their families and the larger communities in which they offer ministry.

Unit Code: DP3004W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe the cultural, theological and clinical processes of grieving, mourning and bereavement associated with life transitions, loss, death and dying;

2.

Identify the factors involved in safe ethical pastoral care for other

3.

Articulate theological insights and personal frameworks of meaning, that inform the practice of pastoral spiritual care for those who are suffering

4.

Develop strategies of care that adequately attend to the grieving processes of individuals and congregations, including the use of appropriate rituals and community supports

Unit sequence

Foundational unit in Field D

Pedagogy

3 x 2 day semi-intensive sessions throughout semester, including lecture and group/tutorial work.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review 1250 words

25.0
Case Study

Case Study Presentation 1250 words

25.0
Essay

Critical Essay 2500 words

50.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-16 13:56:56 +1100