History and Identity of the Care of Souls

College Emmanuel College
Instructor(s) Couture, Pamela D.
Course Code EMP3548HF
NOTE: Graduate degree students enrol in EMP6548HF
Semester First Semester
Section 0101
Online No
Credits One Credit
Location Toronto (St George Campus)

This course explores the history and identity of what is historically called the care of souls, and currently is practiced in spiritual care in hospitals and other health care institutions, prisons, chaplaincy, and congregations. The first half of the course explores a series of "snapshots" of the historical foundations and classic texts from the Christian tradition, including Biblical warrants and early church practices, self-reflexivity, the rise of religious institutions of care, Roman Catholic sacramental vs Protestant life-support approaches, social gospel vs. clinical trajectories, clerical vs. lay participation, and correlation of theories and practices of faith traditions with those of the human sciences. The second half of the course explores contemporary issues in the care of souls in the Canadian context, including challenges from narrative, postmodern, postcolonial, ecumenical, interfaith, and institutional perspectives, based on the particular interests of students in the class.

Department Pastoral Theology
Schedule Tue
Start Time 11:00
End Time 13:00
Hours Per Week 2
Minimum Enrolment 10
Maximum Enrolment 20
Program Requirement Fulfills EC designated elective in Church and Community
Teaching Method
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Class Participation
Research Paper
Book Review
Currently Offered Fall 2016