This unit will address theological, liturgical, ethical and pastoral care issues associated with ministry with people with disabilities. Issues of inclusion in faith communities and community-based settings will be explored. Participants will also examine access (attitudes, friendship, legislation, rights, communications and architecture), to gain deeper understanding of resistance to inclusion. Scripture will be examined as a means of reflection on contemporary theological-pastoral issues pertaining to disability. The relationship between faith and healing, from both a personal and social perspective, and emerging theologies about disability will be explored. A site visit will be part of the unit.

Unit Code: DP9012P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critically reflect on perspectives relating to theology and disability.


Identify and describe issues relevant to effective pastoral care and ministry with people with disabilities.


Articulate new learning which enhances the practice of pastoral care with people with disabilities.


Facilitate dialogue and practical responses within faith settings and society.


Critically apply theological and pastoral reflections and contemporary research to articulate new understandings which integrate theory and practice.

Unit sequence

Prerequisite one foundational unit (15 points) in Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies


The subject will utilize a range of teaching methods: didactic, visiting presenters, personal perspectives, discussion groups, journal writing and reflection, a site visit, selected readings and audio-visual mediums. Students will form learning groups where there are shared areas of interest.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Book review – 1500 words

1500 25.0

Reflective Journal - 1500 words

1500 25.0

Research essay – 3000 words

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 5 Sep, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-21 11:45:22 +1000