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Study Pastoral Studies at Otago

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Pastoral Theology is particularly designed for students entering some form of church ministry. Papers in Pastoral Theology offer a multidisciplinary study of church life, offering students the opportunity to reflect on the practice of Christian ministry.

For further information see the subject entry for Theology.

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See the full list of Pastoral Studies (PAST) papers.

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Programme requirements

Bachelor of Theology (BTheol) endorsed in Pastoral Studies


A programme may be endorsed in Pastoral Studies if it includes a total of eight Pastoral Studies papers, including three at 300-level (for the purposes of this endorsement, BIBS 121, CHTH 102, and CHTH 131 may be counted as Pastoral Studies papers in addition to PAST papers).

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Bachelor of Theology with Honours (BTheol(Hons)) in Pastoral Studies


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Postgraduate Diploma in Theology (PGDipTheol) in Pastoral Studies

  • PAST 490  Dissertation

  • Three further 400-level PAST or MINS papers

    One 400-level BIBS, CHTH or RELS paper may be substituted for one 400-level PAST or MINS paper.

    Note: Some variations may be possible. For further details consult the University of Otago Calendar or the Head of the Theology Programme.

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Minor subject requirements

Pastoral Studies as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, or BASc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), or Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) degree

Level Papers Points
100-level Two 100-level CHTH papers 36
200-level Two 200-level PAST papers 36
300-level One 300-level PAST paper 18
Total   90

Note: This minor subject is not available for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Theology (BTheol).

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