Australians are living longer and our society is an ageing society. This unit will explore the ways human ageing has been understood in the Bible and throughout the history of the Christian church(es). Recent theological explorations of ageing will be an important focus of the course unit. Special emphasis will be given to Catholic theology and the ways it contributes to an understanding of human ageing. Closely related to the theological inquiry will be a consideration of the way both Christian and non-Christian spiritualties have tried to understand and live with the reality of growing old.

Unit code: DP8632C (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of human ageing from theological and spiritual perspectives; a particular focus will be the Catholic theological tradition as well as the range of spiritualities to be found in the Catholic community;


Evaluate critically the variety of theological approaches, especially Catholic, that explore the meanings of human ageing;


Analyse the role and influence of spirituality in the lives of persons who age; the spiritual traditions within the Catholic life and practice will be a particular concern;


Formulate the contribution that a theological understanding and a spiritual perspective bring to the experience of human ageing.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Short paper 1500 words

1500 25.0

Short paper 1500 words

1500 25.0

Essay 3000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-31 08:24:30 +1100