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.


* 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



One session


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


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 2020. 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 %
Topic reflections
Forum and residential participation

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.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.