This unit provides an introduction to: (a) Physical, psychological, social and spiritual dynamics of loss. (b) Pastoral skills for working with people experiencing loss. (c) Pastoral issues in palliative care. The unit will use a variety of teaching methods, including video presentations, interviews with persons involved in palliative care or bereavement support, and lecture and discussion sessions.

Unit Code: DP3004S

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Identify a range of human experiences of loss.


Articulate strategies for caring for people facing or experiencing imminent loss.


Create a pastoral care plan to address issues of loss identified in a case study.


Articulate the effects of grief and loss on human spirituality.

Unit sequence

At least 15 points of foundational studies in fields B, C and D (including DP1001S).


Lectures and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

Reflective Case Study 2000 words

2000 50.0

Research Essay 2500 words

2500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-14 13:56:21 +1000