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LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION The meaning of pain and suffering, perspectives on human suffering in the Old and New Testaments, theistic responses to the challenge of suffering, the theme of the “suffering” God, the Christian community and the care for the sick, historical development of the sacrament of the sick, pastoral ministry with the terminally ill-patients, ethical issues in palliative care, preparing for death, grief, bereavement and the rights of the dying patient.

Study-unit Aims:

a) To clarify the notion of 'pain' and 'suffering' from philosophical, psychological and faith perspectives;

b) To discuss classical and contemporary theism vis-a-vis the human experience of suffering;

c) To discuss pastoral ministry in palliative care.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) to offer sound theological and pastoral approaches to dying patients and their families;
b) to accompany suffering people in their dying process and to offer solidarity to those experiencing bereavement;
c) to learn to distinguish between palliative care and palliative sedation.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

a) talk meaningfully about pain and suffering;
b) help people reconcile their belief in a powerful and omnipotent God with the experience of suffering.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Cassell, E., The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Medicine, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1991.
Wildes, K. et al. (eds), Birth, Suffering and Death, Dordrecht, Kluwer Pub., 1992.
Fiddes. P., The Creative Suffering of God., Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1988.
Sölle, D., Suffering, London. DLT, 1975.
Moltmann, J., The Crucified God, London, SCM, 1975.
Sia F. & S., From Suffering to God: Exploring the Images of God in the light of Suffering, New York, St. Martin Press, 1994.
Lambrecht J., & Collins R., God and Human Suffering, Leuven, Peeters Press, 1990.
Depoortere, K., A Different God. A Christian View of Suffering, Leuven, Peeters Press, 1994.
Randall, R. et. al., Palliative Care Ethics: A Companion for All Specialities, Oxford University Press, 1999.
Ten Haven, H., Palliative Care in Europe. Concepts and Practice, University of Nijmegen, 1991.
Loewy. E., The Ethics of Terminal Care, Dordrecht, Kluwer Pub., 2000.
Dayringer, R. (ed.), Pastor and Patient. A Handbook for Clergy who visit the Sick, London, Jason Aronson Inc., 1995.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite qualification: SThB/BA Theology

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation Yes 30%
Assignment Yes 70%

LECTURER/S Emmanuel Agius

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It should be noted that all the information in the study-unit description above applies to the academic year 2017/8, if study-unit is available during this academic year, and may be subject to change in subsequent years.
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