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THCT100 What Christians Believe , THBS100 Introduction to the Bible

Teaching organisation

This unit involves 300 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 30 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, online learning, video-conferencing, or supervision on placement. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Contemporary pastoral settings are highly complex and dynamic environments that require pastoral practitioners to be highly responsive to people, families and communities during a wide range of critical incidents, experiences of dislocation and vulnerability and/or in situations where significant life-transitions are taking place. Pastoral practitioners require a sophisticated skill set at the intersection of spirituality, counselling/mediation and theology.

This unit introduces students to theological, pastoral, and psycho-social understandings of the human person within the Catholic/Christian tradition. Its focus is two-fold: understanding the diversity and complexity of working in pastoral contexts and - taking a capabilities approach - strengthening the core competencies of pastoral practitioners.

This unit aims to help students to acquire the knowledge and develop the understanding and skills needed for them to engage with complex pastoral settings. The development of such knowledge and skills can guide future behaviours, meet ministerial and employment needs, provide a basis for further study, and support the flourishing of students and their community.

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