The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care (GDPC) provides students with the opportunity and skills for reflective and critical engagement in the conversation between the texts of human experience, contemporary culture, ministry or service or wider societal context, and Christian scriptures and tradition. The purpose of this engagement is to encourage the development of relevant, flexible strategies for effective pastoral mission and practice in partnership with all those who seek to serve the world through individual or systematic practice.
Course Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care:
- have knowledge of sources, terms and concepts required for theological engagement and articulate the nature of practical theology as a method of biblical and theological enquiry
- apply their own experience and practice (personal or professional) to social and behavioural sciences and/or cultural studies and offer an integration of these with the Christian tradition
- have skills to explore issues of Christian identity, personal vocation and self-understanding through the methods and practices of theological reflection and dialogical engagement with their ministry and mission context
- apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.
Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or a University of Divinity graduate certificate, or an approved equivalent.
The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 144 points comprised of:
- 48 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
- a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (worth 48 points)
- Further Level 8 or 9 units.
1 year – 3 years
- Graduates may be eligible to proceed to a Masters award, including the Master of Pastoral Care.
- Graduates who have completed a Minor Thesis in their course may be eligible to apply for admission to a higher degree by research.