This unit offers an introduction to the understanding of family life. Insights from the Social Sciences will be informed and critiqued by cultural and theological themes. The different phases of married life and the characteristics of each phase of the life cycle will be explored. Specific focus issues in the pastoral care of families and family ministry will be addressed. The unit will outline the factors that contribute to family wellbeing and review those factors that challenge spiritual health and family integrity. Christian and Scriptural teaching on the family will be integrated with these theories. An important focus will be the role of the family in providing a sacred space of ‘safe holding’ that encourages and nurtures the spiritual formation of children in faith

Unit Code: DP8610A

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: St Athanasius College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an understanding of the intra-familial dynamics from a pastoral, spiritual and theological Christian perspective


Discuss the different family stages and illustrate the dynamics involved in each


Analyse the roles and complementary tasks of family members, and through case study reflection describe how the family can nurture the Christian formation of children


Critically review the cultural, sociological, spiritual and developmental challenges presented to families and develop appropriate pastoral responses within their own context


The unit will emphasise active participation, interaction and discussion. Teaching methods willinclude lecturer input, group discussion and reflection, guiding responses to case studies and the of the use of related resources and activities


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Personal Reflection

Written Assessment Task – Reflection Papers 2000 words

2000 30.0

Written Assessment Task - Essay 2000 words

2000 30.0
Written Examination

Invigilated Exam 2.5 hours

0 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-12 12:16:19 +1100