[SU196]  Pedagogy and Spiritual Healthcare

Semester I
wednesday 16:30 - 18:15

Course Information

Professor: NYUYKONGMO, Gerald Jumbam
Email: xw [email protected]

Language: English

Semester I
wednesday 16:30 - 18:15


This course considers the role of morality and spirituality in the practice of healthcare. Set against a pedagogical background of increasingly hostile secularism and neoliberal interests joined with rising public unrest over the health and wellness of people, the course would examine how Christian spirituality and morality might in response contribute to a pedagogy of pastoral healthcare for the wellbeing of human communities. The social teaching of the Church urges concern for the sick. In his spiritual ministry Jesus Christ paid particular attention to care for the sick and disabled. He and his Apostles devoted themselves to curing and anointing of the sick. Then, dignity is fundamental to every single person’s life and history. Today for example there is a growing attentiveness to the importance of ‘dignity in care’. This is in the camp of morality for healthcare organizations and individuals prioritize dignity, service users, carers and staff are treated with respect, compassion and understanding, and safe, good-quality healthcare services are delivered. This study translates spiritual healthcare theory and research into a successful pedagogy. This course considers the ethical inclusion of spirituality within the pedagogy of healthcare. Classroom work and research become the opportunity for spiritual healthcare students to put into practice the theories and knowledge they have obtained within the classroom. The inclusion of spirituality as a concept is not only a demonstration of healthcare competence, but a part of one’s ethical responsibility. Teaching students to complete a thorough ethical and spiritual assessment then becomes an integral component of the spiritual healthcare educational experience, which would enhance the student’s ability to fully engage other spiritual agents


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