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DR305J: PASTORAL THEOLOGY: TRAUMA, SUFFERING AND HEALING (2022-2023)

Last modified: 31 May 2022 13:28


Course Overview

This course looks at the universal reality of suffering. First suffering will be looked at from different perspectives, especially from pastoral theology and trauma studies. The lived experience of suffering is central, for example because of oppression, marginalisation, or illness. Various ways of responding to suffering will be explored, from a religious (mainly Christian) point of view. Responses from specific faith groups and theological approaches will be studied, for example black theology, feminism, and disability studies. Finally, the possibility of healing and reconciliation will be considered. Throughout the course students learn to develop their own (pastoral-theological) response to suffering and trauma.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Katie Cross

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Either Programme Level 3 or Ma Spanish And Latin American Studies -Theology And Religion

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course looks at the universal reality of suffering. First suffering will be looked at from different perspectives, especially from pastoral theology and trauma studies. The lived experience of suffering is central, for example because of oppression, marginalisation, or illness. Various ways of responding to suffering will be explored, from a religious (mainly Christian) point of view. Responses from specific faith groups and theological approaches will be studied, for example black theology, feminism, and disability studies. Finally, the possibility of healing and reconciliation will be considered. Throughout the course students learn to develop their own (pastoral-theological) response to suffering and trauma.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University week s 8 - 18
  • 1 Seminar during University week s 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

essay (50%)

group report (40%)

report presentation (10%)

 

Resit: resubmission of coursework

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionCreateStudents are able to formulate their own (pastoral-theological) response to suffering and trauma.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents show a thorough understanding of the complexity of suffering by being able to analyse case studies from different theological and social perspectives.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents can evaluate traditional and more recent religious and theological responses to suffering and trauma.
ConceptualApplyStudents can apply the rich and complex understanding of healing in the Christian tradition to specific situations of suffering.

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