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TITLE Dissertation on Spiritual Companionship

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Moral Theology

DESCRIPTION The purpose of the dissertation for the attainment of the Masters in Spiritual Companionship is to develop students’ understanding of, and capacity to critically appraise, develop and apply research skills and methods in one’s reflection on an aspect related to spiritual companionship. The study-unit seeks to furnish students with the skills to read critically, reflect on and interpret texts using paper based and electronic resources. It will eventually provide students with the strong foundation necessary to proceed on to conducting their own academic research. As part of this study-unit students are to participate in two weekend seminars on research methods held in the first semester of the first year of the MA in Spiritual Companionship.

Study-Unit Aims:

On completion of their dissertation students will be expected to be competent in the execution of theological research, the application of appropriate methodologies and in one’s reflection of the area of study chosen.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Robert Wick (ed.), Clinical Handbook of Pastoral Counselling: Studies in Pastoral Psychology, Theology, and Spirituality, 2 vols., New Jersey, Paulist, 1993.

Supplementary Reading:

Adele Ahlberg Calhoun, Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practises that transform us, Illinois: InterVatrsity, 2005.

Other texts relevant to the theme chosen for dissertation.

ADDITIONAL NOTES **Resit Availability: Students who fail to obtain an overall pass mark will be re-examined in the Dissertation. However, the resit availability for the Oral Examination is at the discretion of the Board of Examiners.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Dissertation

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Dissertation & Oral Examination (See Additional Notes) ** 100%


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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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21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017
The 21st Annual Augustinian Lecture 2017 will be celebrated on the 5th and 6th December 2017 with two lectures delivered by Rev. Prof. Theodore Dieter.

Closing Date Dissertation Proposals
Deadline to present dissertation proposals for next Faculty Board is Wednesday 29th November 2017 at 1700hrs

Augustinian Institute Academic Year 2017-18

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Dissertation Logbook
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