Pastoral and Theological Issues in Ageing
Elective Unit for postgraduates
This unit provides both a theoretical framework and the opportunity for theological reflection on pastoral care with people in the later stages of life.
Upon successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe and articulate a pastoral response to the philosophical and theological challenges of dementia (to personhood).
- Articulate (and develop a theological critique of) the meaning attached to growing old by contemporary society through culture, the arts, and the media.
- Draw upon Scripture and theology in order to offer a basis for developing a theology of ageing.
- Describe and reflect theologically on (and critically examine the socio-political implications of) the ways in which ageing, disabilities and chronic illness affect our understanding of wellbeing.
- Develop a theological rationale and pastoral response to the tension between charity and justice.
- Identify and integrate in pastoral practice the philosophical, theological and spiritual insights and ethical dimensions that emerge as care is offered to aged persons with mental health issues.
Class Time: Six days (36 hrs) of lectures and seminars facilitated by Chris Turner with medical, psychogeriatric, and pastoral practitioners.
BTheol: 45 points in Pastoral Studies and 30 points in Biblical Studies or Systematic Theology.
Postgraduate: 3 foundational units.
Level 3 (undergraduate)
One 2,500 word case study (50%) due on 23rd December
One 2,500 word research essay. (50%) due on 31 January
Level 3 (postgraduate)
One 3,000 word case study (50%) due on 23rd December
One 3,000 word research essay (50%) due on 31 January
Faculty: Chris Thurner, Elizabeth Mackinlay, Laurence McNamara CM and others
Offered: 2017 as an intensive in November (see timetable) at Stirling Theological College
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