University of Malta

Study-Unit Description
UOM Main Page
Apply - Admissions 2016


TITLE The Pastoral Context: Sociological Considerations

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will seek to present in an analytic way, through sociology, the context in which pastoral work ensues. The module will focus on topics like the family, education, religion, secularisation, politics, crime and deviance, globalisation,
development, culture, community development.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit aims to introduce sociological concepts and theories that are required to understand issues and questions related to pastoral work and to develop the necessary skills for sociological reasoning.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to comprehend the major sociological concepts useful to the pastoral context.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Develop the necessary skills for sociological reasoning required for pastoral practice;
- Foster the capacity to evaluate the significance of the social context in the making of pastoral decisions.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Andersen, M.J. & H.F. Taylor. (2012). Sociology: The essentials, seventh edition, Wadsworth, Ohio.
- Baldacchino, G., A. Caruana, A. and M. Grixti. (eds.). (2003) Managing People in Malta, Agenda, Malta.
- Ferrante, J. (2012) Sociology, A Global Perspective, eight edition, Wadsworth, Ohio.
- Giddens, A. (2009). Introduction to sociology, seventh edition, Blackwell Ltd., London.
- Haralambos, M. & M. Holborn. (2008). Sociology themes and perspectives, seventh edition, Unwin Hyman Ltd., London.
- Henslin, J.M. (2012). Essentials of sociology: A down to earth approach, tenth edition, Allyn and Bacon, Boston.
- Henslin, J.M. and Fowler, L.A. (2010).Social Problems: A Down-to-Earth Approach, tenth edition, Allyn and Bacon, Boston.
- Hughes, M., J. Carolyn & C.J. Kroehler. (2012). Sociology: The core, ninth edition, The McGraw-Hill College, Boston.
- Kendall, D.E. (2012) Sociology in Our Times, Wadsworth, Ohio.
- Macionis, J.J. (2011). Sociology, fourteenth edition, Prentice Hall, New York.
- Macionis, J. J. & K. Plummer. (2012). Sociology: A global introduction, sixth edition, Prentice Hall, New York.
- Schaefer, R. T. (2011).Sociology: a brief introduction, eighth edition, The McGraw-Hill Company, New York.
- Sultana, R. G. & G. Baldacchino. (eds.) (1994) Maltese society, a sociological inquiry, Mireva Publication, Malta.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Marvin Formosa
Rebecca Maria Gatt
Clyde Michael Onor MP Puli
Carmel Tabone

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
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.
Measuring Divinity - Inter Faculty Colloquium
For more information please click here

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

 Click here for more information


Dissertation Logbook
The Dissertation Logbook can be found here.


Log In back to UoM Homepage