MIN403 Christian Chaplaincy in Context (8)

This subject focuses on the role and function of the Chaplain in institutional and workplace settings; the development of a theological framework for chaplaincy; exploration of professional and personal issues and their bearing upon ethical practice; the goals and tasks of the chaplain; and the challenging issues that arise in the chaplaincy context. In addition, this subject introduces students to critical reflection on their own experience of being a Religious Practitioner in their chosen field of specialisation, and it integrates theological reflection with theory, professional issues, vocational observations and professional practice.


Session 2 (60)
Canberra Campus
Session 3 (90)
On Campus
United Theological College

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MIN403. 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

Not available to students who have completed MIN550.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to reflect critically on the role and function of the chaplain in institutional and workplace settings;
  • be able to articulate a well-developed theology of workplace chaplaincy;
  • be able to integrate and apply pastoral care theory with the function and role of the chaplain;
  • be able to exhibit an in-depth understanding of the role of the chaplain in diverse contexts, and the application of that understanding to the practice of the ministerial profession;
  • be able to evaluate critically professional issues in chaplaincy;
  • be able to reflect critically on their own experiences of being a Religious Practitioner in their chosen field of specialisation; and
  • be able to demonstrate skill in analysis of their strengths and growth areas as a Religious Practitioner in their chosen field.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Theological framework for chaplaincy
  • Models of chaplaincy
  • The institutional and workplace contexts
  • Professional issues in chaplaincy
  • Personal issues in chaplaincy
  • Goals and tasks of the chaplain
  • Pastoral care and the chaplain
  • The chaplaincy "Culture"
  • Cultural diversity in chaplaincy
  • Interfaith perspectives in chaplaincy
  • Workplace management of gender and sexuality issues

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MIN403 in Session 3 2021. 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 %
Theory essay
Practical essay
Reflective essay

Residential School

This subject contains a 2 day Compulsory Residential School.

For online students a two-day residential school is necessary to participate in skills-based workshops for applying pastoral care theories to institutional and workplace challenges, reflection on practice, and the application of analytical skills to context specific case studies in an encounter group setting.

Special Resources

For online students, travel and accommodation are needed to attend the compulsory residential school.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.