Pastoral Theology Non Honours TRS3031

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Critical Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will introduce students to classical and contemporary understandings of the way in which pastoral practice embodies religious faith.


1x2hr seminar per week over 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus.


This is one of the Level 3 options in TRS and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D3 or above in any TRS level 2 course or at the discretion of the Head of Theology and Religious Studies.

Excluded Courses

TRS4008 Pastoral Theology

TRS4079 Pastoral Theology




Essay (2,000 words) - 40%

Essay including critical reflection on a case study (2,000 words) - 40%

750 word critical reflection on the student's contribution to a 30 minute group presentation - 20%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Critical reflection on group presentation is not available for reassessment.

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ explore the church's understanding and practice of pastoral theology in its historical and social context;

■ survey the ways in which historical, cultural, generational and gendered contexts have shaped approaches to pastoral theology and practice in the institutional church and amongst individual practitioners;

■ debate which forms of engaged practice are appropriate within our current cultural context;

■ reflect on their own values and convictions and on how these shape practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ present an informed account of how a particular area of pastoral practice has developed to meet contemporary cultural challenges;

■ offer a case study of how understandings of practice and theology are related in the work of significant pastoral theologian or theologians;

■ apply reflection on their own values and practice to generate insights into the concerns of pastoral theology;

■ present complex arguments in written and oral form.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.