Ageing Persons and Pastoral Care

crosslisted DP9631C and DS9631C

Rev. Dr Laurence McNamara CM
Not offered in 2020
Australians are living longer and our society is an ageing society. This unit will explore the phenomenon of human ageing at personal and societal levels. In light of current person-centred approaches in aged care, multi-disciplinary understandings of ageing will be explored. This will provide the context for an in-depth study of pastoral care, both theoretical and practical. The ways in which human ageing challenges pastoral care will be a particular focus of this study. The context for this study will be the theological, spiritual, ethical, and pastoral care traditions of the Catholic church.




intensive mode: 9.00am — 3.30pm


  • two 1,000-word short papers 2 x 20%
  • one 4,000-word essay 60%


  • Baldwin, Clive, and Andrea Capstick, eds. Tom Kitwood on Dementia: A Reader and Critical Commentary. Maidenhead: McGraw Hill/Open University Press, 2007.
  • Cole, Thomas R., and Sally A. Gadow, eds. What Does It Mean to Grow Old?: Reflections from the Humanities. Durham: Duke University Press, 1986.
  • Cole, Thomas R., Robert Kastenbaum, and Ruth E. Ray, eds. Handbook of the Humanities and Aging. 2nd ed. New York: Springer, 2000.
  • Coleman, Peter G., and Ann O’Hanlon. Ageing and Development: Theories and Research. Texts in Developmental Psychology. London: Arnold, 2004.
  • Connidis, Ingrid A. Family Ties and Aging. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Pine Forge, 2010.
  • Lartey, Emmanuel. Pastoral Theology in an Intercultural World. Peterborough, Ontario: Epworth, 2006.
  • Sachs, John R. The Christian Vision of Humanity: Basic Christian Anthropology. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Swinton, John. Dementia: Living in the Memories of God. 2nd ed. London: SCM, 2017.