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Spirituality (THE528)

Organisational Unit Creative Media, Arts and Design
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Over the past decades, attention has been increasingly focused on the spiritual lives of persons whether viewed from a religious, philosophical or secular perspective. Ministers, chaplains, health care professionals, teachers and those involved in different community services are often faced with spiritual matters which impact on the health and well-being of those they serve. This unit will examine some of the issues related to spiritual care.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit you should be able to
LO1 Articulate the relationship between spirituality and religion
LO2 Conduct a spiritual assessment in accordance with Anton Boisen's interpterion of 'Living Human Documents'
LO3 Develop a training workshop in an area of spirituality
LO4 Reflect critically and theologically on spiritual praxis.
Timetabled Learning Activities 3 day-long intensives.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit involves a blended learning approach. There are three intensive days supplemented by online activities. This unit has been constructed from the perspective of providing spiritual care in the workplace. Specific workplace activities will vary according to context. These activities may include pastoral care and counselling, teaching and the leading of worship. This unit will be concerned with:
* Conducting spiritual assessments in order to:
o Understand a person's/peoples world view
*Respect a person's/people's capacity for self-determination
o Use a person's/people's strengths to address spiritual problems
o Act ethically with respect to persons/people
* Facilitating spiritual growth through face-to-face interactions or through group training workshops.
* Engaging in the ministry of presence, listening and dialogue.
Assessment Practical - Report - 30%
Presentation & Training Manual - 30%
Discussion Forum - 10%
Exam - 30%
Prerequisites Enrolment in graduate level study.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed THE538 Spirituality cannot enrol in this unit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Chaplaincy (GradDipChap) [New in 2014]
Graduate Diploma in Theology (GradDipTheol) [New in 2014]
Master of Chaplaincy (MChap) [New in 2016]
Master of Divinity (MDiv) [New in 2014]
Master of Theological Studies (MTS)
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.


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