Reflective Learning Journal: 30%; Research Project: 70% [3,500 words] Students need to pass all components of assessment in order to pass the module.
To provide students with the skills to undertake the descriptive-empirical task of practical theological interpretation.
To explore the use of qualitative research methods as a systematic and disciplined way of attending to the faith perspectives, life experiences, and particularities of people, in order to improve pastoral understanding and practice.
To enable students to integrate cross-disciplinary knowledge and empirical data into the theological enterprise, by completing a pilot study in an area of pastoral concern.
- — At the end of this module, students will:
- — Be prepared to carry out descriptive-empirical enquiry in their future academic and professional/ministerial lives.
- — Have the knowledge and skills to deepen the quality of their attending to others, whether in informal ways through active listening and interpersonal communication in everyday encounters, or more formal and systematic ways by investigating perspectives and experiences through empirical research.
- — Develop the practice of cross-disciplinary thinking.
- — Have the ability to facilitate a robust dialogue between the everyday life and practices of Christians and the resources of the Christian faith.
- — Have engaged in sustained and critical reflection on a particular area of concern regarding faith and practice.