This unit explores the historical and current interest in the spiritual life and the spiritual development of children. It examines links between Scripture, theological thought, spiritual and psychological development, neurobiology and ministry with children. The unit seeks to develop more informed ministries of protection and respect in pastoral care and religious education.

Unit Code: DS3030P

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an awareness of and informed critique of a range of views relating to the nurture and development of spirituality in children


Reflect theologically on aspects of ministry in protection, respect and valuing of children through pastoral care and religious education


Recognize, articulate and integrate within a practice framework the pastoral significance of love for the self, the other, the environment and the Divine as part of spirituality in the life of the child


Reflect on and demonstrate an ability to integrate spiritual experiences in life from childhood to the present


Articulate a sound educational theory and theories of faith development

Unit sequence:

15 points in Field D


Lecture, discussion, peer reviewed presentations, discussing readings, experiential workshops


Description Weight (%)

1,500 word tutorial report and oral presentation


2000 word essay


1,500 word response to scripture


Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-09 12:41:53 +1000