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Doing Theology: Integrative Capstone

This unit invites students to engage in an interdisciplinary, integrative and peer-engaged process as a culmination of the Masters of Pastoral Care award they are studying. It introduces students to practical theological methodology to facilitate their interdisciplinary engagement, in order to “do theology” with reference to their own context. It focuses on the application of an advanced body of knowledge and skill in pastoral care in relation to broader theological studies, with particular reference to Students future professional practice. 

This unit is a requirement for completion of the Master of Pastoral Care award. 

Lecturer: Brian Mcallan
Offered: Refer to Timetable
28 July, 4, 11, 18 August, 8 September, 6 October 2020

Also offered online XT97010S

Postgraduate: Level 9 elective


Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies;
  2. demonstrate mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care;
  3. demonstrate advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with an awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practise and further learning;
  4. articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Peer assessment  (500 words) 10%
Literature review (1,000 words) 15%
Seminar (2,000 words) 25%
Essay (4,500 words) 50%

Select Bibliography:

*Recommended reading

Grenz, S & Olson, R.E. 1996. Who needs theology: invitation to the study of God. IVP. Downers Grove. 

Stone, H.W & Duke, J.O. 2013. How to think theologically. Fortress. Nashville. 

Volf M & Croasman, M. 2018. For the life of the World: theology that makes a difference. Brazos 

Grand Rapids. 

Whitehead J,D & Whitehead, E.E. 1995. Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry. Sheed and Ward. Chicago. 


Further chapters and texts as relevant to the discipline and topic will be agreed upon.