Students will participate in a minimum of six hours of synchronous professional development in the area of chaplaincy. They will identify the ways in which the content of the professional development activity is applicable to their professional context, and reflect on its implications for their personal practice and/or the collective practices of the site.

Unit code: DE8063L

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 4.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Education Studies

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Australian Lutheran College

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Learning outcomes


Critique the theoretical component of the professional development activity


Analyse and integrate the learnings from the professional development activity with policy or practice in a defined local setting

Unit sequence

Course relationship: A level 8 unit in postgraduate theology, ministry and education courses


This unit uses synchronous engagement in professional development as a springboard to reflective practice in the workplace.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Caperon, John. A Christian theology of chaplaincy. Philadelphia, PA: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2017.
  • Lutz, Stephen. College ministry in a post-Christian culture. Kansas City, MO: Nazarene Publishing House, 2011.
  • Norman, James O'Higgins, ed. Education matters: readings in pastoral care for school chaplains, guidance counsellors and teachers. Dublin: Veritas Publications, 2015.
  • O'Malley SDB, David. School ethos and chaplaincy: a handbook. Bolton: Don Bosco Publications, 2019.
  • Pohlmann, David. School chaplaincy: an introduction. Preston, VIC: Mosaic Press, 2013.
  • Roberts, Stephen. Professional spiritual & pastoral care: a practical clergy and chaplain's handbook. Woodstock, VT: SkyLight Paths Pub, 2012.
  • Swift, Christopher, Mark Cobb, and Andrew Todd, eds. A handbook of chaplaincy studies: understanding spiritual care in public places. London: Routledge, 2016.
  • Threlfall-Holmes, Miranda, and Mark Newitt, eds. Being a chaplain. London: SPCK, 2011.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

An application of the professional development material to the workplace

1100 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 5 Oct, 2020

Unit record last updated: 2022-06-21 11:45:24 +1000