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DP9715B - Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People

  • Unit Code & NameDP9715B Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
  • Description

    This unit provides a framework for pastoral theology and ministry to older people within an ageing and longevity context. Biblical and theological perspectives on ageing are explored as well as the faith journey. Methods and benefits of spiritual assessment will be explored and contextualised for a diverse generational and cultural demographic. Students will have opportunity to reflect on the challenges, risks and ongoing potential within longer living and the relevance of life review.

  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDP - Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester2, 2021
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Lecturer(s) Mavis Salt
  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite 24 points in DP or equivalent practical experience.

  • Learning Activities

    Lectures, discussions, practical exercises, videos, online forums *This unit is offered at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. Students may engage with people across both levels when this unit is delivered.

  • Assessments

    1 x Essay 2,000 words - 30% 1 x Integrative essay 2,000 words - 30% 1 x Case study 3,000 words - 40%

  • Learning Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to: 1. Research and discuss the diverse context of ageing in Australia. 2. Investigate the challenges and risks in ageing and how life review is relevant. 3. Critically analyse theological perspectives on ageing. 4. Review spiritual needs in ageing and apply different methods of assessment and planning. 5. Integrate understanding of potential for ongoing achievement as well as opportunity for faith development with longer liviing. 6. Develop a strategy for the place and role of the older person in their faith community.