Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Describe and demonstrate an understanding of dementia and palliative care that engages theological, spiritual and pastoral perspectives.
- Critique and evaluate their pastoral practice through sound theological reflection, case study methodology and integration of peer review.
- Develop a theologically informed pastoral approach for care and support of people throughout the life-cycle, as they experience ageing themselves and support those who are ageing.
- Articulate a clear understanding of the social determinants of health and spiritual wellbeing that respects and engages in dialogue with other relevant disciplines and faiths.
- Articulate and theologically evaluate from within their pastoral practice, both individually and as a team-member, the major themes and insights of current research that lead to health-promoting pastoral care.
- Portfolio (2,000 words) (30%)
- Tutorial paper (2,000 words) (30%)
- Essay (3,000 words) (40%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Cobb, M, C. Puchalski, and B. Rumbold (eds.). Oxford Textbook of Spirituality in Health Care Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Evans, A. Is God Still at the Bedside? The Medical, Ethical, and Pastoral Issues of Death and Dying, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011.
- Gott, E & C. Ingleton. Living with Ageing and Dying. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
- Kellehear, A. Compassionate Cities: Public Health and End of Life Care. London: Routledge, 2005.
- Liamputtong, P, R. Fanny, and G. Verrinder (eds.). Health, Illness and Well-Being: Perspectives and Determinants. Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2012.
- MacKinlay, E. The Spiritual Dimension of Ageing London: Jessica Kingsley, 2017.
- MacKinlay, E. & C. Trevitt. Finding Meaning in the Experience of Dementia. London: Kingsley, 2012.
- Musgrave, B, and N. McGettigan (eds.). Spiritual and Psychological Aspects of Illness: Dealing with Sickness, Loss, Dying and Death. New York: Paulist, 2010.
- Patton, J. Pastoral Care: An Essential Guide. Nashville: Abingdon, 2005.
- Puchalski, C. Making Healthcare Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Healthcare, W. Conschocken: Templeton Press, 2010.
- Shamy, E. A Guide to the Spiritual Dimension of Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia. London: Kingsley Publishers, 2003.
- Swinton, J. Dementia: Living in the Memories of God. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.