This unit draws on the theoretical underpinning of the research on process and psychology of human development and the theological understanding of Christian faith. Students examine the mutual relationship of these as an ongoing journey in one’s relationship with God within the religious and psychological framework of human maturation and personal life experiences. In the context of the relationship between person, human development, and education, and in the light of James Fowler’s model of Faith Development, students will investigate the relationship beween faith and human growth. This unit places particular emphasis on adolescence and midlife, identifying the pastoral needs and ministerial challenges these specific stages present in the life journey, and focuses on an integration of faith education and human maturity.

Unit Code: DR2001C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate and evaluate an understanding of the relationship between faith and lived life experiences as an ongoing process of integration within one’s life journey.


Examine and critique the social, ecclesial, cultural, philosophical, and theological presuppositions underlying faith development.


Synthesis and interpret the specific character and needs of the developmental nature of human growth so as to identify the religious, social, emotional, and vocational needs of the specific stages of life.


Engage and articulate in a practical pastoral project related to faith and personal development within a well-defined area of professional competence and/or ministry.


Critically assess opportunities in ministry within educational frameworks in the light of their understanding.


Faith understood as relationship with God can only be meaningful and life giving within the daily experience of the person and as the ongoing process of integration of his/her psychological, social, spiritual, and cultural dimensions. The three weekly hours will include formal lectures, dialogical and interactive learning through practical experiences and case studies, and collaborative learning through critical discussion of directed articles or authors.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

500-word Book Review

500 15.0
Case Study

1000-word Case Study

1000 20.0

3,000-word Essay

3000 65.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-25 14:24:44 +1000