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Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies

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CSU's Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies gives you the skills and experience to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate pastoral and spiritual care for older people in a wide range of residential and community settings.

Learn to deliver effective and sensitive pastoral care for elderly people.

The Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies is related to:


  • Why study this course?

    Building on your previous experience and qualifications, the Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies is ideal for those with an undergraduate degree in theology, social work, psychology or other disciplines.

    Quality program

    This degree provides a comprehensive learning experience. You will develop the skills to assess and plan for spiritual needs utilising a wide range of strategies to better meet the needs of those you care for. 

    Professionals teaching you

    Our teaching staff are leading experts in the fields of pastoral and spiritual care with wide-ranging industry links. You will gain theoretical and practical knowledge about the entire discipline and be able to apply what you learn to workplace situations or places where you volunteer.

    Study flexibility

    This degree is delivered online so you can study in a way that suits you. You will also have opportunities to share collaboratively in online forums, where you will connect with a dedicated, diverse student group. 

    Further study 

    The Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies can also be your pathway to CSU's Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies or a higher degree by research.

  • Career opportunities

    The skills and knowledge you develop studying CSU's Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies could be applied in a number of career areas, including pastoral care, nursing, case management, aged care lifestyle coordination, allied health, health care and chaplaincy. With your enhanced knowledge, you could also take on leadership positions in the field of pastoral and spiritual care.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    Subjects have a value of 8 points unless otherwise stated.

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES (32 points) [Exit point only]
    Students may exit from the Graduate Diploma / Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies upon completion of the three core subjects and one restricted elective as detailed below:

    Core subjects
    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life

    PLUS

    Restricted elective
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds OR WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES (64 points)
    To graduate with the Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, students must complete 64 points made up of 5 core subjects and 3 restricted electives, as detailed below:

    Core subjects (40 points)
    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People

    Restricted electives (choose 3 subjects)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL444 Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Residential and Community Aged Care Settings
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies
    THL564 Mental Health Challenges for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
    THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles

    MASTER OF AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES (96 points)
    To graduate with the Master of Ageing and Pastoral Studies, students must complete 96 points.  Students who select the Professional Practice stream complete 7 core subjects plus 4 restricted electives.  Students who select the Research stream complete 7 core subjects plus 16 points of restricted electives.

    All students complete the following 6 core subjects:

    Core subjects (48 points)
    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    PLUS one of the following streams:

    Professional Practice stream (48 points)

    Core subject
    THL560 Issues in Ageing: Project (16 points) (to be completed at the end of the student's study in the program)

    Restricted electives (choose 4 subjects / 32 points with at least 2 subjects at Level 5)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL444 Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Residential and Community Aged Care Settings
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL564 Mental Health Challenges for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
    THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles
    MIN550 Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy (16 points)

    Research stream (48 points)

    Core subject
    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32 points) (to be completed at the end of the student's study in the program)

    Restricted electives (choose 16 points from this list)
    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL444 Pastoral and Spiritual Care in Residential and Community Aged Care Settings
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions
    THL564 Mental Health Challenges for Pastoral and Spiritual Care
    THL566 Pastoral Practice in Ageing: Politics, Policy and Principles
    MIN550 Advanced Seminar in Chaplaincy (16 points)

    Enrolment pattern

    GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES [Exit point only]

    Year 1 - Session 1

    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life

    Year 1 - Session 2
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds 

    GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES

    Year 1 - Session 1
    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life

    Year 1 - Session 2
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

    Year 2 - Session 1
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
    1 x Restricted elective

    Year 2 - Session 2
    2 x Restricted electives

    MASTER OF AGEING AND PASTORAL STUDIES

    Year 1 - Session 1
    THL445 Foundations for Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    THL451 Theological and Ethical Issues for People in Later Life

    Year 1 - Session 2
    THL446 Pastoral and Spiritual Care of Older People
    GER402 Ageing Bodies, Ageing Minds

    Year 2 - Session 1
    WEL424 Loss, Grief and Palliative Care for Older People
    THL530 Social Research Methods for Pastoral Studies

    Year 2 - Session 2
    2 x Restricted electives

    Year 3 - Session 1
    Either
    2 x Restricted electives
    or
    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32 points) (commence)

    Year 3 - Session 2
    Either
    THL560 Issues in Ageing: Project (16 points)
    or
    THL660 Masters Dissertation in Ageing and Pastoral Studies (32 points) (complete)

  • Residential schools

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    THL400 Pastoral Counselling Skills
    THL435 Applied Pastoral Theology
    THL521 Theological Ethics for the Helping Professions

  • Admission information

    Applicants for the Graduate Diploma of Ageing and Pastoral Studies must meet the following Admission Requirements:
    ·         Successful completion of an undergraduate degree (or AQF equivalent)  in either Theology, Social Work, Psychology, or equivalent;
    OR
    ·         Successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Ageing and Pastoral Studies, or an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) equivalent.

    English Language Proficiency
    Standard English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements. Refer to http://futurestudents.csu.edu.au/apply/english-language for the specific requirements.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOn campus
    Online
    CanberraFPPGYYNOADJ
    DirectOnlineCanberraFPOSYYNJADJ

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points as outlined in the course structure.

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  • About the School

    School of Theology

    CSU’s School of Theology has an established reputation for its emphasis on student learning, quality teaching and research. The ethos of the School is ecumenical, with staff drawn from a variety of Christian traditions, all committed to developing and delivering a comprehensive, rigorous and vibrant theological education. Combined with a flexible learning environment and four teaching sites, the School provides a wide range of learning opportunities to students who wish to explore their faith and beliefs as well as those of other cultures. Students can study on campus at CSU’s Canberra and Parramatta campuses or via distance education. The School is also affiliated with St Barnabas Theological College in Adelaide and St Francis College in Brisbane and there may be opportunities for students to study some parts of their course at these locations.

  • Preparing for Study

    We recommend the following STUDY LINK subject for this course:

    • SSS021 - Transition to University Study
  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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