THL560 Issues in Ageing and Pastoral Studies: Project (16)

This subject provides an opportunity for students to undertake theological reflection on ageing through a 10,000 word research project related to an issue in ageing and pastoral studies in which the student advances theoretical and/or practical foundations for ageing, spirituality and pastoral care concerns. It builds on and applies the foundations and methods acquired in THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies.


Session 1 (30)
Canberra Campus
Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL560. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



Two sessions


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Arts (Ageing and Pastoral Studies)

Assumed Knowledge

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 ageing and pastoral studies project;
  • be able to validate awareness and sensitivity to ethical issues arising from the project in ageing and pastoral studies;
  • be able to produce a thorough, carefully reasoned report which demonstrates an indepth understanding of a specific area of knowledge or inquiry; and
  • be able to demonstrate effective reference and critical engagement with the relevant literature.


This 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; - collection and analysis of data; - evaluation and interpretation of analysis; - written presentation of research findings; - professional issues associated with research, including ethics and supervision; and - preparation for publishing findings in appropriate journals.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL560 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Draft dissertation
Final dissertation

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.