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DA2106B Vocational Formation in Social and Community Services

  • Unit Code & NameDA2106B Vocational Formation in Social and Community Services
  • Cross CodeDM2106B
  • DescriptionThis unit, Reflective Practice - Vocational Formation in Social and Community Services, introduces students to an action-reflection model of learning in a specific community service placement. It includes a focus on the development of competency in skills relevant to holistic mission and ministry.

    Students will reflect on their engagement in a range of experiences in connection with the life, mission and ministry of a faith based social or community service agency. This unit is predominantly delivered in non-classroom based settings.
  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDA - Mission and Ministry
  • LevelUndergraduate
  • Semester1, 2018
  • Delivery ModePlacement
  • DateEnrolment in this unit will require a suitable placement, approved by the unit coordinator, and the ability to complete at least 120 hours of engagement in the placement.

    Four individual supervision sessions (1 hour each) and three group sessions (2 hours each) are also required.
  • Prerequisites30 points from Field B, C or DM or equivalent
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate competence, and contextualised understanding of pastoral practice in a range of leadership and service delivery skills in relation to a social or community service agency.
    2. Reflect critically on the placement and its contribution to the formation of their vocational identity.
    3. Analyse and critically evaluate the factors affecting a social or community service agency in delivering holistic mission and ministry.
    4. Identify and illustrate how their action-reflection skills enabled them to evaluate their own learning through contribution to, and practical engagement with, the placement.
  • Text BooksNo set texts recommended for purchase

    Avis, Paul. A Ministry Shaped By Mission. London: T&T Clark, 2005.
    Booth, William. In Darkest England and the Way Out. London: Charles Knight & Co Ltd, 1970.
    Campbell, Craig. "Emerging Images of Salvationist Mission." PhD Diss., Melbourne College Divinity, 2005.
    Carroll, Michael and Maria C. Gilbert. On Being a Supervisee: Creating Learning Partnerships. 2nd Edition. Melbourne: Psychoz Publications, 2011.
    Floding, Matthew. Welcome to Theological Field Education. Alban Press. Virginia, 2011.
    Graham, Elaine, Heather Walton, and Frances Ward. Theological Reflection: Methods. London: SCM Press,2005.
    Lindsay, Rae. Recognising Spirituality: The Interface Between Faith and Social Work. Crawley: University of Western Australia Press, 2002.
    Needham, Phil. Community in Mission: A Salvationist Ecclesiology. London: Campfield Press, 1987.
    Palmer, Parker J. Let your life speak: Listening to the voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey- Bass, 2000.
    Waldron, John D. Creed and Deed: Towards a Christian Theology of Social Services in The Salvation Army. Ontario: Triumph Press, 1986.