This unit applies insights drawn from Christian spirituality, and material culture 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. Theological reflection on and critical assessment of these practices will acquaint students with an understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and the bereaved.
Articulate the foundational beliefs that underlie two Christian rituals surrounding death and dying
Identify how a work of art (of your choice) expresses cultural and spiritual attitudes to death and dying
Demonstrate familiarity with 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.
Six bi-weekly classes of six hours each conducted face to face. 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
A critical review of two scholarly articles. 1000 words
Material culture analysis (Written report on two material objects which provide evidence of the historical context of the objects to death, dying or bereavement.) 1000 words
Choose from ONE of the following alternatives:
a. Essay. 3000 words
b. 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 (equivalent to 3000 words)
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018
Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-10 08:53:44 +1000