Pastoral Perspectives on Death and Dying

REL883
Fall 2017
M 3:30 - 5:20pm
Area: 
Area IV
Permission Not Required
No Limit to Enrollment
Course Description: 

This course is designed to increase participants’ wisdom, skill, and pastoral sensitivity in times of death, dying, and bereavement. A variety of religious and cultural perspectives will be considered, emphasizing the importance of context and faith community. Practice sessions and other exercises will address the role chaplains as well as congregational leaders. Course literature will include memoirs as well as readings in pastoral theology, applied philosophy, the history of medicine, and the social sciences. 

Background Expected: 

Intro to Pastoral Theology and Care is helpful but not required.

Course Requirements: 

Reading approximately 100 pages per week.

Attendance is required.

One reflective paper (6-7 pages)

Creation of a ministry-related project (6-7) pages

Final Exam 

Basis of Evaluation: 

Credit/no credit is the standard. For Grades:

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 practical skill, evident in all assignments. A creative project that is clearly presented, technically precise, and culturally sensitive. A well-written, analytic, reflective, and comprehensive final exam.

High Pass+ to HP Range—Class participation marked by thoughtful preparation, interest, and meaningful contributions. Fine understanding of the required reading and demonstrated skill in practice exercises. The paper, project, and final exam demonstrate a substantial base of knowledge and cultural awareness. The work is original and sound, though it may contain a few errors or weaknesses in style and form.

High Pass- (required for “credit”)—Class participation marked by preparation and thoughtful  exchange of ideas. At least 80% of the reading and exercises must be done. A coherent theological reflection paper, a solid project, and a final exam that reflects a basic understanding of course themes is expected. There may be a few errors in knowledge, form, or style.