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PAST307 Special Topic

A special topic in Pastoral Theology.

Paper title Special Topic
Paper code PAST307
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $886.35
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,766.35

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PASX or PAST paper
Restriction
PASX 307
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Eligibility
Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.
Contact
theology@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
To be advised.
Textbooks
No textbook is required. A course book has been developed for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
To be advised.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

An exploration of what it means to be a human being by focusing on the theological implications of the experiences of people living with mental health challenges.

This course seeks to offer insights, understandings and practices that can help Christians to understand and respond faithfully to complex mental health issues. The course will use a multidisciplinary approach to explore some of the ways in which theology in its theoretical and practical dimensions can throw fresh light on mental health issues. Amongst other things the course will develop understandings of mental health challenges such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and anxiety, as well as thinking through crucial issues in relation to areas such as dementia and brain damage. At the end of the course students should have a firm grasp of the nature of mental health and il-health from a variety or perspectives and should be able to offer understanding and assistance to people living with mental health issues.

Paper title Special Topic: A Practical Theology of Mental Health
Paper code PAST307
Subject Pastoral Studies
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period 1st Non standard period (1 January 2020 - 17 June 2020)
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2020 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 200-level PAST or PASX paper
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Theology
Notes
May not be taken concurrently with MINS 405.
Eligibility

Any student can study Theology, whether they are of the Christian faith, another faith or of no religious faith at all. Theology is an examination of the scriptures, history, content and relevance of the Christian faith, but it presupposes or requires no Christian commitment from students. All it requires is an inquiring mind and an interest in those skills that can be gained through the study of any subject in the Humanities.

Contact

Professor David Tombs

Teaching staff

Professor John Swinton

Paper Structure

Module 1: Introduction to Practical Theology and Mental Health
Module 2: Understanding Depression and Anxiety: Towards a theology of liberation and joy
Module 3: Understanding schizophrenia
Module 4: Bipolar Faith?: Reflecting theologically on bipolar disorder.
Module 5: Forgetting Whose We Are: A practical theology of dementia

Teaching Arrangements

All students are required to attend a week of lectures in Dunedin from 1pm on Monday January 27th to 1pm on Friday January 31st, 2020.

Textbooks

Alongside of the various papers that will form the reading for the course, there is one required textbook which all students are expected to read.

John E Colewell (2014). Why Have You Forsaken Me?: A Personal Reflection on the Experience of Desolations. Paternoster: London

Graduate Attributes Emphasised

Scholarship, critical thinking, and ethics.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will be able to:

  1. Develop a familiarity with the discipline of practical theology with its core emphases on the interconnectedness between theology and practice.
  2. Be able to distinguish clearly between medical understandings of mental health and theological perspectives.
  3. Understand the importance of recognising the diversity of what it means to be human and to live humanly.
  4. Understand the nature of Christian community and the ways in which issues related to mental health shed light on the meaning of being together.
  5. Draw on their own knowledge, practice and experience to throw light on the issues that surround mental health.

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Timetable

1st Non standard period (1 January 2020 - 17 June 2020)

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Block Teaching

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Monday 13:00-16:50 5
Tuesday 09:00-16:50 5
Wednesday 09:00-16:50 5
Thursday 09:00-16:50 5
Friday 09:00-12:50 5