Course: Spiritual Needs in Old Age

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Course title Spiritual Needs in Old Age
Course code KPD/DPS
Organizational form of instruction Seminary
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study 3
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
Lecturer(s)
  • Suchomelová Věra, Mgr. Th.D.
Course content
1. Old age as a spiritual task 2. Biblical examples of good age 3. Spiritual needs in old age 4. Projecting a movie Search the Wisdom of Old Age 5. Spirituality as a life source in old age 6. Negative aspects of spirituality (spirtuality and mental illness, the question of images of God) 7. Spiritual care in in residential and hospital care.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Projection
  • Field trip - 4 hours per semester
  • Class attendance - 15 hours per semester
  • Semestral paper - 10 hours per semester
  • Preparation for credit - 20 hours per semester
  • Preparation for classes - 10 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The course focuses on the spiritual aspect of man in old age. It shows old age as a developmental period with specific tasks and possibilities especially in terms of the spiritual aspect of life. Another aim is to explain and understand spiritual needs, which are important mainly in old age. The aim is also to provide students with knowledge of the current practice of spiritual care for the elderly in institutional and hospital care.
Students are able to argue in favour of unquestionable dignity from the perspective of Christian anthropology. Designate and characterize the spiritual needs of the age, including giving examples from practice. They can explain the importance of understanding their own sense of life and life context for an old man. They can give examples of positive and negative impact of spiritulity in old age. The students will be able to diskuss about the topic.
Prerequisites
psychology of delvelopment

Assessment methods and criteria
Essay, Colloquium

The ESSAY, active participation in the seminar, participation in the colloquium, orientation in the study materials (presentation in English). Further information on the basis of an oral agreement.
Recommended literature
  • Bible - jakékoli vydání.
  • Bible - jakékoli vydání.
  • Grün, A. Umění stárnout. Karmelitánské nakladatelství, Praha, 2009.
  • KOENIG, Harold. G. Ageing and God: spiritual pathways to mental health in midlife and later years. New York: The Haworth Pastoral Press., 1994. ISBN 978-1560244240.
  • KOENIG, Harold. G, LAMAR, Tracy. a LAMAR, Betty. (1997). A gospel for the mature years. , N. Y. : Haworth, 1997. ISBN 978-0789001580.
  • Křivohlavý, J. Stárnutí z pohledu pozitivní psychologie. Praha: Grada, 2012.
  • Suchomelová, Věra. Senioři a spiritualita: duchovní potřeby ve stáří. Praha, 2016.
  • Šiklová, Jiřina. Deník staré paní. Kalich, Praha, 2003. ISBN 80-7017-865-5.


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2018) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2016) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 3 Recommended year of study:3, Recommended semester: Winter