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Master of Chaplaincy (MChap)


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Title Master of Chaplaincy (MChap)
Course Code M1258
Study Level Master's by Coursework (Graduate)
Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
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Academic Chair: Professor Rowan Strong | Email: R.Strong@murdoch.edu.au | Tel: 9360 6470

Qualification Master of Chaplaincy (MChap)
Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Availability Murdoch campus (internal)
Some units only: Murdoch campus (external) (all but one unit)
Restriction All graduate courses are subject to restriction.
Description Caring for the spiritual needs of people in a variety of life situations has become increasingly important in contemporary society. As a result, chaplains are now found in schools, hospitals, prisons, aged care, and many work places. This qualification provides an excellent academic and practical foundation for meeting the challenges of working as a chaplain across a range of contexts, and provides the opportunity for in-depth research on a specialised area of interest.
Admission Requirements: Onshore course offerings Completion of a recognised Bachelor's degree (AQF Level 7) in any discipline.

Equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.
Course Learning Outcomes Graduates will have specialized knowledge and skills relating to the practice of chaplaincy and for research in the area of chaplaincy
Specifically, graduates will be able to achieve the following learning outcomes.

A. Knowledge:
1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the theoretical basis for the role of the chaplain
2. Explain the religious foundations for their work as a chaplain
3. Explain the ethical framework within which a chaplain must work and identify the complexities associated with ethical decision making

B. Skills:
1. Analyse the institutional, religious, and cultural context in which they are placed
2. Evaluate theif praxis theologically
3. Assess the needs of the individual, community and institution under their care
4. Research in, and apply established theories to, an area of chaplaincy

C. Application:
1. Teach and provide information
2. Provide appropriate guidance and counselling
3. Discriminate with regard to specialist referrals
4. Perform rituals appropriate to the religious and cultural context
5. Implement appropriate advocacy strategies
Employment Prospects Schools, hospitals, prisons, aged care, and many work places.
Main research areas Spirituality, pastoral care, rituals, religious and cultural demographics, ethics, theological foundations
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.

Course Structure - 48 credit points

Core Units - 36 credit points

THE505 Introduction to Theology - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

THE528 Spirituality - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

THE512 Pastoral Practicum - 3 points
Not available this year

THE624 Ethics - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-external

THE627 Understanding Religion in Australian Society - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

EDN546 Dynamics of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace and the Community - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external


EDU616 Teaching, Learning and Working in Culturally Diverse Environments - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE645 Pastoral Care - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-external

ART604 Advanced Research Methods - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external

ART610 Masters by Coursework Research Dissertation - 12 points
MURDOCH: H-internal, H-external, S1-internal, S1-external, S2-internal, S2-external, Y-internal, Y-external

Specified Electives - 12 credit points

Select from the following:

THE626 Advanced Pastoral Practicum - 3 points
Not available this year

THE506 Old Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

COD545 Community Development Theory and Practice - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE507 New Testament and its World - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE509 Turning Points in Church History - 3 points
MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external

THE510 Emerging Christian Theology: The Creeds (100-500 CE) - 3 points
MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external

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