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Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)

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Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)

Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies
Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies

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CSU's Ageing and Pastoral Studies program prepares graduates from a variety of backgrounds in aged care, including health professionals, pastoral workers and ministers of religion, to apply advanced knowledge and skills to a range of professional residential and community based aged care contexts.

The Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies) is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    CSU’s Ageing and Pastoral Studies program prepares students to further develop their skills and apply knowledge at various levels in the field of Ageing and Pastoral Studies. The course includes knowledge of research principles and methods in the field and is designed for those with a background in a variety of aged care settings including health professionals, pastoral workers and ministers of religion.

    The program prepares graduates for positions in their fields at various levels including management and leadership in their disciplines in community settings and in the aged care industry related to the provision of pastoral and spiritual care, and the programs also serve as a pathway to further learning.

  • Subjects

    Students studying the Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies) can choose from the following specialisations:

    • Pastoral Care
    • Research in Ageing and Pastoral Studies

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32)

    Four core subjects (32)

    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit

    Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies (64)

    Eight core subjects (64)

    THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care
    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit
    THL462 Theological Perspectives in Ageing
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People

    Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)

    Twelve core subjects (96)

    THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care
    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit
    THL462 Theological Perspectives in Ageing
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
    THL563 Pastoral Care in Ageing: Family and Social Contexts (16)
    THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    and one of the following streams (32):

    Pastoral Care (32)

    THL564 Dementia: Challenge for Pastoral Care
    THL565 Dying, Death and Pastoral Care in Ageing
    THL560 Issues in Ageing: Project (16)

    or

    Research in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32)

    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32)

    Enrolment pattern

    Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32)

    Session 1

    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit

    Session 2

    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing

    Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies (64)

    Session 1

    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit

    Session 2

    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing

    Session 3

    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care in Older People
    THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care

    Session 4

    THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
    THL462 Theological Perspectives in Ageing

    Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies) (128)

    Session 1

    THL445 Psychosocial and Spiritual Development in Older People
    THL459 The Ageing Person: Challenges for Body and Spirit

    Session 2

    THL446 Pastoral Care and Elderly People
    THL451 Ethical and Theological Issues in Ageing

    Session 3

    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care in Older People
    THL444 Ministry with Older People in Residential Care

    Session 4

    THL447 Pastoral Care in Mental Health and Dementia
    THL462 Theological Perspectives in Ageing

    Session 5

    THL563 Pastoral Care in Ageing: Family and Social Contexts (16)

    Session 6

    THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    Session 7

    Either
    THL564 Dementia: Challenge for Pastoral Care
    THL560 Issues in Ageing: Project (16) Commenced
    or
    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32) Commenced

    Session 8

    Either
    THL565 Dying, Death and Pastoral Care in Ageing
    THL560 Issues in Ageing: Project (16) Completed
    or
    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32) (Completed)

  • Admission information
    1. Successful completion of a relevant undergraduate degree;
      or
    2. Successful completion of the CSU Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, or equivalent.

    Applicants without tertiary qualifications must satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies prior to admission to the Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies).

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    1700*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    2200*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Course details
    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPOSYYNJANP
    DirectDistance EducationCanberraFPPGYYNOANP

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate students must satisfactorally complete 128 points.

  • How to apply
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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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  • About the School
    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

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