This unit applies insights drawn from Christian spirituality and material culture as well as pastoral practice to study a variety of responses to death, dying and bereavement. Students will be expected to engage with historical and contemporary theories and practices dealing with death and grieving. Reflection on and critical assessment of these practices will acquaint students with an understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and the bereaved.

Unit Code: DS9214Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify how a work of art (of your choice) expresses cultural and spiritual attitudes to death and dying


Critically assess two or three themes that have emerged in recent literature on how Christian spirituality relates to death, dying and bereavement


Articulate the foundational beliefs that underlie two Christian rituals surrounding death and dying


Critically assess several theories of grieving


Identify (with visual examples) how art in the past might have enhanced pastoral care of the dying and the bereaved


This unit explores the role of material culture as a source for identifying and interpreting Christian spiritual practices in the care of the dying and bereaved


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Assignment. Choose from ONE of the following alternatives: a. Essay 7000 words


b. Presentation i.e photograph, picture; poetry (performed); film or video; drama/dramatic performance; which displays one or more themes studied in this unit. This work will be accompanied by a written reflection (total equivalent to 7000 words)

7000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 13:22:15 +1100