Spirituality and Pastoral Care: An Introduction
Not available in 2013
Previously offered in 2011, 2010
This course examines the core notions and practices in Christian spirituality and witness. It covers the fundamental beliefs that shape Christian spirituality and the call to enter holiness and mystery and introduces means which can help those who wish to live creatively and deepen their Christian spirituality. It examines emerging contemporary spirritualities. The unit further explores the active dimension of spirituality, the role of community and the importance of mission. It looks at how spirituality leads to pastorial witness and how this care is carried out to meet contemporary needs of people.
|Objectives||Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate how to reflect on and work with, the traditional and contemporary understandings of spirituality.
2. Articulate an understanding of approaches and practices that enable Christian spiritual growth and contemplation.
3. Demonstrate how to approach spirituality in a systematic way, with an awareness of the key issues and methodology of contemporary spirituality.
4. Show that Christian Spirituality and contemplation leads to an active life, with particular reference to morality, practice of justice and compassion.
5. Define pastoral care as understood by the church
6. Discern the stages of growth and faith development in individuals
7. Demonstrate an understanding of pastoral practices that allow spiritual nourishment of those in need with reference to humour, forgiveness, hope and justice.
|Content||Themes will include:
The role of experience in Spirituality
Spiritual growth, prayer and journey
Insights of great spiritual seekers
Introduction and Definitions of Pastoral Care
Jesus as model for Pastoral Care
The Spirituality of Pastoral Care
Importance of practicing hope, care, forgiveness and justice
It is expected that students will contribute to online discussions as a part of the assessment regime of the course. A selected bibliography featuring both classic and contemporary spiritual texts, and contemporary critical material will be provided for this unit.
|Replacing Course(s)||Not Applicable.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based|
|Teaching Methods||Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
|Contact Hours||Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term|