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Programme and Module Handbook

Postgraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2014-2015 (archived)

Module THMN41330: Chaplaincy

Department: Theology and Ministry

THMN41330: Chaplaincy

Type Open Level 4 Credits 30 Availability Not available in 2014/15 Module Cap


  • None


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • to provide the opportunity for people working or wishing to work in chaplaincy to explore the nature of this ministry, to examine relevant theological issues and to develop appropriate pastoral expertise.


  • 1. The mission and ministry of the chaplain.
  • 2. The application of Faith Development theories in chaplaincy
  • 3. Appropriate styles of prayer and worship.
  • 4. Ethical questions faced in chaplaincy.
  • 5. Understanding the particular setting or institution.
  • 6. Working collaboratively (e.g. with partners from other denominations and other faiths)
  • 7. The use of IT in chaplaincy

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • On successful completion of this course students will be able to demonstrate:
  • A comprehensive and systematic understanding and evaluation of the nature and context of chaplaincy within the theological tradition and contemporary society
  • An awareness of the specific pastoral skills called for in this ministry
Subject-specific Skills:
  • The ability to analyse critically the complex theological and pastoral issues commonly faced by chaplains so as to be better able to direct one's own ministry and plan for ministry and mission through chaplaincy in a contemporary context.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • 30 hours contact time including: lectures, seminars, group exercises and tutorials. This course will normally be taught as a block. In addition, students would undertake a practical placement (minimum 20 hours contact time) linked with the module with a negotiated and agreed learning contract. For those already in post, this would be supervised reflection on their ministry; for those not in post, a supervised placement would be arranged. Some parts of the course would be taught in setting-based groups (e.g. education chaplaincy; healthcare chaplaincy).

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours

Summative Assessment

Component: Seminar prersentation Component Weighting: 40%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
seminar presentation on an aspect of current chaplaincy experience 1 hour 100%
Component: Essay Component Weighting: 60%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Essay developing the seminar topic 4000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

2500 word reflection on critical incident or encounter in chaplaincy experience and seminar proposal

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University