Content

This unit provides a theoretical framework (lifecycle, developmental and end-of-life) for the challenges of ageing, dementia and end-of-life experience. Psychosocial and cultural study of ageing within Australian society will complement broader theories on dementia, palliative care and spiritual care. Students will have the opportunity for theological, ethical and spiritual reflection on the meaning of ageing and the tasks of compassion and companioning as spiritual care. Students will learn about the elements of spirituality that are common to the later stages of life and will apply the critical and reflective methods of pastoral theology to the task of articulating an informed and reflective practice of spiritual care to those who are ageing and to those on the palliative journey.

Unit Code: DP9770S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe and illustrate a spiritual care response to the philosophical and theological challenges to personhood of dementia and end-of-life experience in a palliative setting.

2.

Draw upon Scripture and theology to develop a theology of ageing and illustrate this in the context of spiritual care practice that addresses the meaning attached to growing old by contemporary society through culture, the arts, and the media.

3.

Critically reflect upon current research in dementia and end-of-life studies to develop a pastoral and spiritual care rationale for care within a multi-disciplinary context.

4.

Describe, reflect theologically on and critically examine the socio-political implications of the ways in which ageing, disability and chronic illness affect our understanding of wellbeing.

5.

Develop a theological rationale for a spiritual care response that integrates in practice the philosophical and spiritual insights and ethical dimensions that emerge as care is offered to aged persons in the context of dementia or end-of-life challenges.

Unit sequence

DP8001S Introduction to Pastoral Care or AIFC Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Integrated Psychotherapy (Spiritual)

Pedagogy

Weekly online lectures provided by a variety of experienced spiritual care practitioners. Weekly online reading/reflection forum

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Case Study

Case Study (2000 words)

20.0
Essay

Essay (3500 words)

50.0
Forum

Weekly Reading Reflection Forum (2000 words)

30.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 15 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-21 09:11:46 +1100