2nd semester: Intensive 9:30am-4:30pm, Saturdays 3, 17, 31 Aug, 21 Sept, 12 and 26 Oct (Min. No. 8)

Cross listed as Spirituality DS2214Y DS3214Y

CONTENT
This unit applies insights drawn from Christian spirituality, and material culture to study a variety of responses to death, dying and bereavement. Students will be expected to engage with historical and contemporary theories and practices dealing with death and grieving. Theological reflection on and critical assessment of these practices will acquaint students with an understanding of the needs of the terminally ill and the bereaved.

PREREQUISITES: None

LEARNING OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
Level 2:
1. articulate the foundational beliefs that underlie two Christian rituals surrounding death and dying
2. identify how a work of art (of your choice) expresses cultural and spiritual attitudes to death and dying
3. demonstrate familiarity with several theories of grieving
4. identify (with visual examples) how art in the past might have enhanced pastoral care of the dying and the bereaved
Level 3:
1. articulate the foundational beliefs that underlie two Christian rituals surrounding death and dying
2. identify how a work of art (of your choice) expresses cultural and spiritual attitudes to death and dying
3. demonstrate familiarity with several theories of grieving
4. identify (with visual examples) how art in the past might have enhanced pastoral care of the dying and the bereaved
5. critically assess two or three themes that have emerged in recent literature on how Christian spirituality relates to death, dying and bereavement

ASSESSMENT
Level 2: 1000 word critical review of two scholarly articles (30%); 1000 word material culture analysis (30%); 2500 word essay or presentation accompanied by a written reflection equivalent to 2500 words (40%)
Level 3: 1000 word critical review of two scholarly articles (30%); 1000 word material culture analysis (30%); 3000 word essay or presentation accompanied by a written reflection equivalent to 3000 words. (40%)

BIBLIOGRAPHY
No set texts. Readings will be provided on line for the students at the commencement of the unit:
Anderson, M. Sacred Dying: Creating Rituals for the End of Life. New York: Marlowe and Company, 2003.

De Pascale, Enrico. Death and Resurrection in Art. Translated by Anthony Shugaar. Los Angeles, CA: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2009.

Kelley, M. Grief: Contemporary Theory and The Practice of Ministry. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2010.

Morrill, Bruce, Susan Rodgers, and Joanna Ziegler, eds. Practicing Catholic Ritual, Body and Contestation in Catholic Faith. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006.

Musgrave, Beverly A., and Neil J. McGettigan, eds. Spiritual and Psychological Aspects of Illness: Dealing with Sickness, Loss, Dying and Death. New York: Paulist Press, 2010.

 

Lecturers: CLAIRE RENKIN