This unit will introduce students to key processes of field education and theological reflection. Through a supervised experience in a ministry context, students will be guided in establishing learning goals appropriate to the context in which they are placed and to their learning style, encouraging a capacity for self-directed learning. Attention will be given to the development of advanced skills in ministry, but from a foundational base. Attention is also given to development of advanced theological reflection on ministry experience, and to the integration of theological study and ministry practice.

Unit Code: DP8906T

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


Create and evaluate goals in the context of a field placement


Document the learning which has resulted from the placement and their ministry experience


Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the key ministry skills required in the context in which the placement occurred


Explore and analyze different frameworks offered for theological reflection in the practice of ministry


Reflect critically on the contribution of the field placement to their spiritual and personal development and ministerial identity

Unit sequence

Prerequisites & Co-requisites: Completion of at least one unit in theological study, or concurrent enrolment in at least one unit of theological study.


Students undertake a field placement in a ministry setting. Students negotiate and evaluate the field placement through a Supervised Ministry Field Education Coordinator. The Coordinator will facilitate orientation and end of placement review seminars, and individual meetings with students throughout the placement. While on placement students attend regular meetings with an accredited Placement Supervisor and with a field committee as appropriate, and engage in a peer group process for theological reflection


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

2 evaluative reports relating to key ministry skills required; equivalent of 2,500 words in total

2500 45.0

Essay, including theological reflection, on a key aspect of the learning experience (3,500 words)

3500 55.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-20 16:17:56 +1000