Advanced Pastoral Seminar: Narrative Therapy and Care

REL887
Fall 2017
W 8:30-10:20am
Area: 
Area IV
Permission Required
Limited Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course offers an in-depth study of the developing field of narrative therapy with its roots in family systems and critical theory and its emerging adaptations in the pastoral field. This is an advanced seminar for students who are focusing their studies in the area of pastoral care or who may be considering Ph.D. work in pastoral or practical theology. The literature on individual, couple, family, and collective care practices will be explored, as will readings addressing LGBTQ care, gender, culture, race, trauma, and violence. Participants will practice narrative care conversations each week.

Background Expected: 

Pre-Req: REL 807  or its equivalent (consult with professor)

Course Requirements: 

Extensive reading-125 pages/week

Regular attendance and participation

Two reading summaries (1-2 pages)

Mid-term theological reflection (8 pages)

Final exam (take home) 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Honors to H-Range—Class participation in all discussions and exercises marked by thorough preparation, curiosity, perceptive listening, and insightful speaking. Superior to excellent understanding and consistent practice, evident in all assignments. A well-written, analytic, reflective, and original final exam.

High Pass+ to HP Range—Class participation marked by thoughtful preparation, interest, and meaningful contributions. Fine understanding of the required reading and regular practice of exercises; written work and final exam demonstrating a good analysis of the author’s ideas and practices, well documented, original, and sound, though it may have a few stylistic errors.

High Pass- (required for those who choose “credit”)—Class participation marked by preparation and thoughtful exchange of ideas. At least 80% of the reading and exercises must be done; clear, coherent written work final exam that completes the assignment and reflects a basic understanding of course themes. May have a few errors in knowledge, form, or style.