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TITLE Pastoral Care in Schools

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Pastoral Theology, Liturgy and Canon Law

DESCRIPTION The study-unit will introduce students to the concept of pastoral care in schools as it evolved in this past century. Students will be presented with different models of pastoral care and how this dimension is to be integrated within the holistic education of primary and secondary school students. It will also equip its participants with the necessary theory and skills to work with and among all the stakeholders involved in a school and be active co-agents in creating a school community.

Study-unit Aims:

By the end of the study-unit the student should be able to:
i. define their role as pastoral carers within the school community;
ii. discuss and explain different models of pastoral care in schools;
iii. develop and acquire skills and attitudes necessary to work with all the stakeholders of a school.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. define the relationship between the chaplain and other professionals working within the school community;
ii. understand different models and approaches in pastoral care and chaplaincy in schools;
iii. understand the contribution of affective education to the holistic education of students;
iv. define the role of the religious counsellor in local Maltese schools.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
i. build and foster learning communities;
ii. advocate for the total welfare of students in primary and secondary school settings;
iii. apply different approaches of pastoral care with with the various stakeholders involved in a school;
iv. integrate and promote the students' the spiritual, religious and moral education in and through the school's declared and hidden curriculum.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Collins, Una & McNiff (eds.) 1999, Rethinking Pastoral Care London: Routledge.
- Curtis Graves, Joel 2007, Leadership Paradigms in Chaplaincy, Boca Raton, Florida,
- Dunn Richerd 2001, Shaping the Spiritual Life of Students, A Guide for Youth Workers, Pastors, Teachers & Campus Ministers, Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity.
- Monahan, Luke 1998, The Year Head, A key link in the School Community, Dublin: IAPCE.
- Norman, James 2004, At the Heart of Education: School Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care, Dublin: Veritas.
- Power, Sally 1996, The Pastoral and the Academic, Conflict and Contradiction in the Curriculum, London Cassle.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture, Seminar & Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral and Written Exercises Yes 100%


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