THL625 Pastoral Counselling Dissertation (32)


In this subject students will implement a research proposal and write a dissertation on the completed project in pastoral counselling. It is designed to enhance academic and professional development of students working in the field of pastoral counselling and equip graduates with analytic and conceptual competencies. The program allows significant flexibility to accommodate individual student preferences and/or professional requirements. Students will be encouraged to publish their research findings in appropriate journals.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceCanberra Campus
Session 2
DistanceCanberra Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL625
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Two sessionsHD/FLSchool of Theology

Assumed Knowledge

THL520 and THL530 and THL531

Enrolment restrictions

Master of Arts (Pastoral Counselling)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a high order of skill in planning and implementing a research project
- be able to demonstrate an advanced ability to communicate and contextualise the pastoral counselling project
- be able to validate awareness and sensitivity to ethical issues arising from the dissertation in pastoral counselling
- be able to produce a thorough, carefully reasoned report which demonstrates an in-depth understanding of a specific area of knowledge or inquiry
- be able to demonstrate effective reference to the literature.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The supervisor will give guidance to the student in the following areas: - management of a research project - literature reviews and surveys - collections and analysis of data - evaluation and interpretation of analysis - written presentation of research findings - professional issues associated with research, including ethics and supervision - preparation for publishing findings in appropriate journals


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.