This unit considers faith development in light of the bio-psycho-social changes that occur across the lifespan from gestation to old age. Students are introduced to the relationship between human and faith development across the lifespan, highlighting the milestones and transitions that are particular to childhood, adolescence, adulthood and senescence. Consideration is given to the differing ways to engage development in both person-centred and institutional ministry settings.

Unit Code: DP9040W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Analyse the interplay between age, bio-psycho-social factors, environment and culture on faith development.


Examine each era of the lifespan by critically engaging with relevant developmental theories


Critically discuss the spiritual and religious concerns of individuals across the lifespan.


Research differing person-centred and institutional ministry initiatives in the light of faith and human developmental theory

Unit sequence

Students should normally have completed 24 points in Field D


Lectures, case studies, class discussion and/or tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Written Assessment Task – Book Review 1500 words

1500 20.0

Written Assessment Task - Essay 2500 words

2500 35.0

Written Assessment Task - Portfolio 4000 words

4000 45.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-12 14:08:22 +1100