THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology (8)

This subject allows students to develop, clarify and refine their theology of pastoral work. Students will be required to reflect on pastoral practice with a view to their own and other's theology, and to explore the dialectical relationship between theory and practice within their own work and ministry.

Availability

* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Canberra Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: THL435. 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

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Theology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to articulate their understanding of pastoral theology;
  • be able to critique various contemporary theories of pastoral theology;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Classical Theological Tradition;
  • be able to demonstrate an integration of psychological, sociological, anthropological and education theory with theology relevant to their pastoral practice;
  • be able to articulate an understanding of the nature of God and humanity; and
  • be able to demonstrate their understanding of how Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience shape their pastoral work.
  • be able to reflect critically on selected theological writings on pastoral ministry issues

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • What is Pastoral Theology?
  • Critique of contemporary theory and practice of theology
  • The Classical Tradition
  • Cultural contexts of pastoral work
  • Biblical resources for pastoral work
  • Integration of theory from psychology, sociology, anthropology, education and theology in pastoral work
  • The nature of God and humanity
  • The place of Scripture, Tradition, Reason and Experience in Pastoral work
  • Pastoral theology in practice

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of THL435 in Session 2 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
Title
Value
1
Topic reflections
30 %
2
Forum and residential participation
20 %
3
Essay
50 %

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

The residential school will provide a supportive environment for students to develop skills, theoretical and theological knowledge, and self-reflection in the area of pastoral and practical theology and ministry. It will incorporate self-reflection exercises, discussion groups and skills development appropriate for the professional practice of ministry.

Contact

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Future students

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: September 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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