Participants will engage processes of reflection, mindfulness and self-awareness that enable the naming and holding of discomfort, ease, questions, concerns and challenges in the context of personal difference. Content includes topics such as spiritual diversity, language, philosophy, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability/disability. Formation in the discipline of diversity is designed to further develop spiritual and pastoral care as practitioners engage and listen to those who are radically other.

Unit Code: DP9010S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate their values, beliefs and practice behind working with those who are radically other.


Illustrate how their own beliefs and practices either affirm or critique the radically other.


Describe how pastoral encounters with the radically other invite and prompt their personal growth and change through reflective practice.


Identify and analyse the encounter with the radically other and illustrate how such challenges can be integrated within their practice.


Engage and reflect upon small group dynamics to develop a theological and pastoral rationale that communicates their role and interprets the presence of the ‘radically other’ in the community.

Unit sequence

15 points in Field B 15 points in Field C 15 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies


Facilitated class presentations and triad conversations and individual reflection.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Participation and presentation in class seminars 1000 words

1000 25.0

Triad reports 1500 words

1500 25.0

Reflections on a personal journal 1500 words

1500 25.0

Critical Essay 2000 words

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-21 10:44:10 +1000