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TITLE Child and Adolescent Catechesis

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION Besides acquiring a comprehensive theoretical, students will acquire the necessary skills to assess the context and the needs of children and adolescents and to respond by designing adequate programmes aimed at promoting children’s and adolescents’ religious and spiritual development. After reviewing the history of children and adolescents in western society, students will be invited to synthesize and to become critical of the theology of childhood. Students will also introduced to current theories and research on child and adolescent ministry. Students will become acquainted with the current situation and vision for Child and Youth Ministries in Malta.


By the end of this study-unit, students will be able to:
i. outline a theological and philosophical framework for understanding Child, Adolescent and Youth Catechesis;
ii. comprehend the stages of development of children and adolescents;
iii. reflect on concrete situations;
iv. plan and design a catechetical programme;
v. make appropriate evaluations of executed plans;
vi. integrate the above knowledge with methods and models;
vii. analyse the needs of children and adolescents they will be in charge of;
viii. respond to the needs of children and adolescents in the context of parishes and/or school.


ARIES Philippe 1962 Centuries of Childhood, A Social History of Family life, New York: Vintage Books.
BUNGE, MARCIA J. 2001. The child in Christian thought, edited by, 29–60. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans.
DE MAUSE Lloyd 1995 (ed.) The History of Childhood, London: Jason Aronson.
FOWLER, JAMES W., NIPKOW, KARL ERNST and SCHWIETZER FRIEDRICH (eds). 1992. Stages of Faith and Religious Development, London: SCM.
GELLEL, ADRIAN. 2006 Spiritual Formation of Children in the Catholic Church, edited by Karen-Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, and Eugene C. Roehlkepartain, Religious Perspectives on Spirituality in Childhood and Adolescence, 83-94., USA: Rowman & Littlefield.
EUGENE C. ROEHLKEPARTAIN, EBSTYNE KING PAMELA, WAGENER, LINDA M and BENSON PETER L. (eds.) 2005 The handbook of spiritual development in childhood and adolescence, USA: Sage.
DELGATTO Laurie (ed.) 2005 Catholic Youth Ministry, The Essential Documents, USA: St. Mary’s Press.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Carl Mario Sultana

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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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