Chaplaincy

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
COURSE UNIT 362

UNIT DESCRIPTION

The unit involves working in a supervised placement alongside an experienced chaplain.  Students normally attend this placement on a weekly basis for a semester, keeping a learning journal in which they reflect critically and theologically upon their experience within the placement.  In addition to developing some specialist knowledge about the challenges facing various forms of chaplaincy, students are also expected to consider wider discussions about chaplaincy and its place within the ministry and mission of the Christian church.  In addition to support from the placement supervisor, students receive tutorial supervision from a member of the college’s teaching staff.

Aims

To enable students to explore, practically and theologically, the work of chaplaincy, and its place within the Church’s ministry today.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Category of outcome

By the end of this unit students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

·      Discuss the theology undergirding various forms of sector ministry

Intellectual skills

·      Identify key issues facing chaplains working in one particular sector

·      Reflect theologically upon their experience in the chaplaincy placement

·      Identify resources for Christian reflection on issues relating to chaplaincy

Practical and Transferable skills; Personal qualities

·      Relate to a variety of people in a disciplined, professional manner

·      Identify the practical implications of the placement for their ministry

·      Manage their time effectively

Assessment:

Assessment task

Length

Weighting within unit

Formative:

·         Meetings with the placement supervisor

 

 

Summative:

·         A reflective learning journal*

·         An essay

·         A placement report

 

3000-4000 words*

3000-4000 words

 

50%

50%

pass/fail

* This element is compulsory.  Provided students pass this element, they will be eligible for compensation if the overall unit mark is in the compensation zone.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Semester

 

Available on which programme(s)?

BA in Theology

Content

n/a

Teaching method

Supervised placement

Additional eLearning content

Unit materials are available at Spurgeon’s Online to support student learning

Feedback

Written feedback within 15 working days from submission

Date of approval (for office use)

 

Information updated on

December 2015

 

Indicative reading

Cobb, M., The Hospital Chaplain’s Handbook: A Manual of Good Practice (London: Canterbury Press, 2005)

Buckley, Anthony, Help, There's a School in My Parish!, Grove Education Series, 16 (Cambridge: Grove Books, 2013).

Jones, Christopher and Peter Sedgwick, eds, The Future of Criminal Justice: Resettlement, Chaplaincy, and Community (London: SPCK, 2002).

Legood, G. (ed.), Chaplaincy: The Church’s Sector Ministries (London: Cassell, 1999)

Lyall, D., Integrity of Pastoral Care (London: SPCK, 2000)

Mack, Ronald, The Basics of Hospital Chaplaincy: A Basic Introduction and Fundamental Guide to Hospital Chaplaincy (Maitland, FL: Xulon Press, 2003)

McClelland, Kate, Call the Chaplain: Spiritual and Pastoral Caregiving in Hospitals (Norwich: Canterbury P., 2014).

Morisy, A., Journeying Out: A new approach to Christian mission (London: Continuum, 2004)

Stoter, D., Spiritual Aspects of Health Care (London: Mosby, 1995)

Swift, Christopher, Hospital Chaplaincy in the 21st Century: The Crisis of Spiritual Care on the NHS (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2009).

Torry, Malcolm, Bridgebuilders: Workplace Chaplaincy: A History (Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2010).

Threlfall-Holmes, M., and Mark Newitt (eds), Being a Chaplain. SPCK Library of Ministry (London: SPCK, 2011)

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Chaplaincy

BA (Hons) in Theology - Year 1
Course Unit 362

Credits:

10

Level:

4

Hours of Learning:

100

Tutor:

Dr Christopher J. Voke

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