Content

This unit will present case studies from a variety of ministry placement settings in which students are engaged. Through experiential methodology students will identify issues, explore a variety of responses, and engage in critical reflection on the theological and pastoral dimensions of each case. A variety of congregational and pastoral issues will be explored, e.g. leadership for change, addressing conflict, self-care, family issues, sexuality, power dynamics, boundaries, interfaith dialogue, advocacy and mission.

Unit Code: DP9060S

Points: 48.0

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

1.

Identify and illustrate the complexities of presenting cases in their ministries

2.

Demonstrate the use of case study methodology in theological reflection and pastoral response

3.

Critically evaluate a range of personal and institutional issues in ministry formation and practice

4.

Theologically, pastorally and personally reflect on a pastoral response to selected case studies

5.

Exhibit an awareness and integration of current research with regard to themes explored in case studies presented.

Unit sequence

Students should normally have completed two years of full time theological studies or equivalent (including Foundational Studies in BH, BN, CT and Field D). It is also a prerequisite that students have completed 30 points in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies.

Students are required to be engaged in a pastoral placement, approved by the Director of Field Education, for a minimum of sixteen hours per week for at least 35 weeks.

Pedagogy

Classroom lectures and case studies. Students are required to engage with a number of supervision protocols and evaluation tasks outside of class. These protocols and tasks provide a framework for reflection, input and learning in ministry which is the focus of this unit. Meetings with a supervisor and peers also provide fora for theological reflection on ministry.

Assessments

Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

4 x 1500 word case studies

6000 50.0
Essay

1500 word essays

1500 15.0
Essay

1500 word essays

1500 15.0
Essay

Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement and reflection with supervisors (equivalent 3000 words).

3000 20.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-21 15:27:26 +1000