Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

Summary information

Course title

Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care

Postnominals

GDPC

CRICOS code

0

Colleges

  • Catherine Booth College
  • Catholic Theological College
  • Stirling Theological College
  • Whitley College
  • Yarra Theological Union

Overseas students

No

AQF level

Level 8 – Bachelor Honours Degree, Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma

Study mode

  • Some units online
  • On campus

Study load

  • Part-time
  • Full-time

Duration

One year full-time or up to three years part-time.

Cost of study

The GDPC requires completion of 6 standard postgraduate units. Fees for 2017 are $2286 per unit or $13716 for a full-time year (6 units).

Detailed information

What is this course about

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care 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 systemic practice.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care:

  1. 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 inquiry;
  2. 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;
  3. 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;
  4. apply advanced pastoral helping skills with a developed capacity to engage in the processes of theological reflection.

Follow on study

Admission

Admission dates

Admissions for second semester 2017 close on Friday 21 July 2017.

Eligibility requirements

Successful completion of an undergraduate degree, or an approved equivalent. An applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care must have successfully completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education prior to admission.

How to apply

How to Enrol

Course structure

The Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Care consists of 90 points comprised of:

  • 30 points in the discipline of Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies
  • a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education worth 30 points
  • a further 30 points.

Academic dress

Academic gown

Black Bachelor gown

Headwear

Black trencher

Hood

None

Links

Enquiry information