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DP1/8014S

Reflection, Vocation and Purpose

First level unit for undergraduates
Foundational unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit will enable students to articulate a theology of vocation as they engage with a range of biblical, theological and contextual resources.  Students will also reflect upon experiential contexts in a posture of exploration, experiment and discernment regarding future purposeful vocation. Experiential contexts may include: work experience in fields of interest, areas of perceived passion / giftedness, volunteering to meet a community need.  Key theological and formational issues will be explored e.g. discerning vocation, identity and character, goal setting, ethics and work, spiritual disciplines.

Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. Develop and articulate self-learning goals and objectives to achieve these goals.
  2. Identify core aspects of their operational theology and spiritual identity through directed peer reflection.
  3. Critically evaluate a range of personal and theological perspectives on vocational motivation, giftedness and call.
  4. Articulate a theologically coherent understanding of vocation.
  5. (postgraduate) Integrate reflective practice and demonstrate self-awareness in their vocational setting.

Faculty: Penny Martin

Offered: in 2019 for Catalyst students

Teaching Methods: Classroom lectures and experiential methodology in contexts. Students are required to engage in a number of experiential contexts which may include: work experience in fields of interest, areas of perceived passion / giftedness, volunteering to meet a community need.
These experiences provide a framework for reflection, input and learning about calling and vocation. Meetings with mentors and peers also provide opportunity for theological reflection.

Assessment:

Undergraduate:

2 x 500 word experiential journal summaries
1 x 1000 word reading report and response
1 x 1000 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 1000 words)

Postgraduate:

2 x 500 word experiential journal summaries
1 x 1000 word reading report and response
1 x 2500 word integrative essay
Completion of evaluation protocols, effective engagement with peers and reflection with mentors (equivalent 1500 words).

Grading: The subject is marked on a Pass/Fail basis only – each piece of work must be completed to a satisfactory standard.

Select Bibliography:

Banks, R. God the Worker: Journeys into the Mind, Heart and Imagination of God. Sydney: Albatross, 1992.

Carroll, M. & Gilbert, M.C. On being a supervisee: Creating learning partnerships (2nd ed.). London: Vukani, 2011.

Flynn, Carl F. Learning to Walk: Theological Reflection on Vocation. Pepperdine

Garber, Steven. The Fabric of Faithfulness. Weaving Together Belief and Behavior. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2007.

Keller, Timothy. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work. New York: Dutton, 2012.

Palmer, Parker, J. Let Your Life Speak. Listening for the Voice of Vocation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2000.

Schuurman, Douglas J. Vocation. Discerning Our Callings in Life. Grand Rapids MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2004.

Schwehn, Mark R. and Bass, Dorothy C. (Editors) Leading Lives That Matter. What We Should Do and Who We Should Be. Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2006.

Thompson, J., Pattison S. & Thompson, R. SCM study guide to theological reflection. London: SCM Press, 2008.

Veith, Gene Edward Jr. God at Work. Your Christian Vocation in all of Life. Crossway, Illinois, 2002.

Willard, Dallas. The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. HarperOne, 1990.