Pastoral, Spiritual and Theological Issues in Ageing and Palliative Care
Lecturer: Dr. Christopher Turner
This unit provides a theoretical framework (lifecycle, developmental, and end-of-life) for the challenges of ageing, dementia and end-of-life experience. Psychosocial and cultural study of ageing within Australian society will complement broader theories on dementia, palliative care and spiritual care. Students will have the opportunity for theological, ethical and spiritual reflection on the meaning of ageing and the tasks of compassion and companioning as spiritual care. Students will learn about the elements of spirituality that are common to the later stages of life and will apply the critical and reflective methods of pastoral theology to the task of articulating an informed and reflective practice of spiritual care to those who are ageing and to those on the palliative journey.
Delivery Mode: Online
Semester 1, 2021: Live Seminars 9.30 – 11am each Wednesday during semester (see Unit Guide for dates)
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