This unit explores the historical and current interest in the spiritual life and development of children. It examines links between Scripture, theological thought, spiritual and psychological development, neurobiology and ministry with children. The unit seeks to develop a more informed ministry of pastoral care through religious education.

Unit Code: DS9019S

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate awareness and an informed critique of a range of views relating to the development of spirituality in children


Identify aspects of church life, ministry and pastoral care where the experiences of children can be recognised and valued


Recognise, articulate and integrate within a practice framework the pastoral significance of love for the self, the other, the environment and the Divine as part of spirituality in the life of the child


Reflect on and demonstrate an ability to integrate spiritual experiences in life from childhood to the present


Demonstrate a capacity to critique and integrate, in reflection and practice, sound educational theory and theories of faith development.

Unit sequence

normally 18 points in Field D


lectures, seminars and tutorials


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

2000 word tutorial report and oral presentation

2000 25.0

3500 word essay

3500 50.0

2000 word intertextual study (response to scripture)

2000 25.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 15 Oct, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-21 10:38:57 +1100