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Last modified: 24 Jul 2014 15:18

Course Overview

The course aims to explore the connection between spirituality, health and healing within the contemporary practice of health care. The course is multi-disciplinary (including Medicine and Nursing students). It examines issues of health and healing within various contexts, highlighting the benefits of a multi-disciplinary approach which incorporates the spiritual as well as the material aspects of human beings. Areas covered will include: the relationship between the ‘medical’ and the ‘spiritual’ within healing; the practice of Christian healing; psychiatry and religion; and alternative medicine.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor John Swinton

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • DR4060 Spirituality, Health and Healing A (Studied)
  • (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

An exploration of Christian theology and spirituality as it relates to medicine and health. An exploration of Biblical and theological perspectives on health healing in the Old and New Testaments. An examination of Christian healing today. Critical reflection on healing and disability Critical reflection on contemporary understandings of spirituality without God. Vocational issues around ministry, chaplaincy, medicine and psychiatry. Practical issues around mental health, dementia, cancer, death and dying and the relationship between spirituality and medicine.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed


Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: One 3,000 word essay (40%) and 1 three-hour exam (60%).

Resit: Not generally permitted at level 4.

Formative Assessment



Feedback on essays will be provided through the standard essay feedback sheet.

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