This unit invites students to engage in an interdisciplinary, integrative and peer engaged process as a culmination of the Masters award they are studying. It introduces students to practical theological methodology to facilitate their interdisciplinary engagement, in order to “do theology” with reference to their own context. It focuses on the application of theological knowledge for engagement in professional practice and learning

Unit code: XT9710S

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit discipline: Capstone Other T

Proposing College: Stirling College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate advanced knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required in pastoral care, and of the relation of pastoral care to broader theological studies


Demonstrate mastery of research principles and methods, including analytical skills applicable to pastoral care


Demonstrate advanced skills of interpretation and critical reflection on a range of approaches and methodologies in pastoral care, with awareness of implications and application to contemporary issues in professional ministry, in order to generate and evaluate ideas for professional practice and further learning


Articulate and communicate knowledge and insights in pastoral care to specialist and non-specialist audiences

Unit sequence

This capstone unit is a requirement for the Masters of Pastoral Care.


The unit engages with a practical theological methodology pedagogy of “Attend, Assert, Act”. It uses various tools such as peer review and engagement, supervision, presentation assessment

Indicative Bibliography

  • Grenz, S., and R. E Olson. Who needs theology: invitation to the study of God. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1996.
  • Stone, H. W., and J. O. Duke, J.O. How to think theologically. Nashville, TN: Fortress, 2013.
  • Volf M., and Croasman, M. For the life of the World: theology that makes a difference. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2018.
  • Whitehead J, D, and E. E. Whitehead. Method in Ministry: Theological Reflection and Christian Ministry. Revised edition. Chicago, IL: Sheed and Ward, 1995.

Further chapters and texts as relevant to the discipline and topic will be agreed upon.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar 2000 words

2000 25.0

Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0
Peer Evaluation

Peer assessment 500 words

500 10.0
Book Review

Literature review 1000 words

1000 15.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-02-02 11:06:31 +1100