THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles (8)

This subject provides an in-depth examination of the current practice of pastoral and spiritual care in ageing within a context of policy, politics, and principles of care and practice in a multifaith and multicultural society. Historical perspectives on community attitudes to older people and their care are examined. The subject also investigates and critiques political and policy initiatives in the care of ageing people, together with the way these are influenced by ecclesial philosophy and pastoral practice. The anticipation of future needs in an ageing society and their implications for pastoral and spiritual care are analysed.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL566. 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



One session


School of Theology

Enrolment Restrictions

Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies - Restricted Elective
Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies - Restricted Elective

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate and evaluate critically the political development of policy in aged care;
  • be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the historical development of aged care services within secular and church communities;
  • be able to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the translation of political policy into principles and practice in aged care within a particular social and cultural context;
  • be able to articulate a philosophy of mission and ministry for pastoral and spiritual care in ageing relevant to the students' cultural and denominational settings;
  • be able to articulate an understanding of the spirituality and religious perspectives of other faiths with respect to pastoral care in ageing;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of Christian denominational philosophy for the delivery of pastoral and spiritual care and the shaping of aged care policy;
  • be able to evaluate critically and creatively develop potential solutions for emerging issues in the provision of pastoral and spiritual care for the aged;
  • be able to analyse anticipated future needs in an ageing society and their implications for pastoral and spiritual care.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The relevance of policy and politics to pastoral care practice
  • Historical policy context of aged care
  • Changing role of older people in relation to their care
  • Current policy context of ageing and aged care
  • Power and politics of ageing
  • Principles and philosophies: impact on pastoral care
  • Policies: impact on pastoral care practice
  • Provision of pastoral care in a multi-faith society
  • Pastoral care and policy: Challenges and opportunities
  • Emerging issues
  • Leadership
  • Organisational identity, ethos and mission

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.