In this unit the student will have the opportunity to explore the notion of ‘self’ as part of their identity in pastoral and other relationships. The development of notions of self will be examined theologically and theoretically, the impact on self-identity will be explored from social, familial, and cultural contexts, and a variety of human emotions will be considered as they impact on relationships with others. The implications of understandings of self and emotion will be explored and examined to deepen understanding and practice of healthy pastoral relationships.

Unit Code: DP8000P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain theological and theoretical notions of self as a way of locating their own self-identity.


Identify social, familial, and cultural influences on their own identity


Understand how notions of self-impact on relationships with ‘other’ especially within pastoral relationships


Identify a variety of human emotions as they impact on pastoral relationships


Understand the importance of maintaining emotionally healthy relationships including strategies for the use of supervision, Spiritual direction, peer groups, and ethical boundaries.


Research and resource their ongoing learning by identifying relevant texts and resources.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Annotated bibliography (1000 words)

1000 15.0

Family/ cultural map with narrative explanation (1500 words)

1500 25.0
Case Study

Case study in ministry or work setting (2500 words)

2500 40.0

Weekly reflection blog (1000 total words)

1000 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-19 10:06:23 +1000