Chaplaincy

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
COURSE UNIT 475

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit provides an opportunity for experiential learning, whereby students reflect upon the experience of working in a supervised placement alongside an experienced chaplain. Students normally spend the equivalent of a day a week, during one semester, working under supervision within an established chaplaincy team. They are expected to keep records of their experiences and this material will provide the basis for the Reflective Learning Journal, which forms the basis for the assessed piece of work. In addition to developing some specialist knowledge about the challenges facing various forms of chaplaincy, students are also expected to engage critically with wider theological debates about chaplaincy, and its place within the ministry and mission of the Christian church.

As Chaplains exercise ministry in various contexts, including hospitals, hospices and prisons, the College is open to students having different kinds of chaplaincy placements.

Aims

To provide an opportunity for students to explore the work of chaplaincy, practically and theologically; and to consider the place of chaplaincy within the Church’s ministry today

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • explain the rationale, structure and methods of chaplaincy work in the particular context of their placement
Intellectual skills
  • describe key issues facing chaplains in their work
  • reflect theologically and critically upon their experience in a chaplaincy placement using relevant resources
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • relate effectively to a variety of people in the placement context, in a disciplined and professional manner
  • discuss practical implications, arising from their work in the placement, for their own future ministry
  • manage their time effectively

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • Meetings with placement supervisor

up to 4 hours

n/a
Summative:
  • A theological reflection

6000 words

100%
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Chaplaincy

MTh pathway in Biblical and Theological Studies
Course Unit 475

Credits:

30

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

300

Tutor:

Dr Christopher J. Voke

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