Content

This unit provides students with a foundation for spiritual and pastoral care as an integral expression of person-centred care. Students will consider the theological and practical aspects of care as an expression of meaningful engagement with others. Students will examine the social and pastoral contexts of care, including those where spiritual care is provided outside the faith community. Attention will be paid to the Capability Frameworks for Spiritual Care Practitioners and the emerging resources in the spiritual care sector. Consideration of the contribution of the Christian tradition to the field of pastoral and spiritual care is made, including theological metaphors and models of care, theological understandings of personhood, considerations of power and pastoral identity, as well as specific skills essential to the good practice of person-centred care.

Unit Code: DP8001W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Identify and describe theological themes that inform a Christian commitment to pastoral and spiritual care

2.

Investigate specific contemporary issues and challenges that impact upon expressions of person-centred care

3.

Outline a theology of care that considers various social contexts, personal experience and basic helping-skills as tools in the effective practice of pastoral and spiritual care;

4.

Articulate an understanding of the current pastoral and spiritual resources

5.

Critically research a pastoral context in a rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner, including the theological and pastoral responses.

Pedagogy

Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

1500 word case study

25.0

3000 word essay

50.0

Portfolio 2500 words

25.0
Approvals

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-18 14:25:39 +1100