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TMPS 7173 All Shall Be Well: Psychological and Theological Resources which Promote Flourishing for Individuals and Communities (Summer: 3 )


Course Description

Pastoral care has been dominated by a focus on the healing of individual suffering without sufficient attention to the transformative power of joy as an essential element of health and well being. This interdisciplinary course draws upon the disciplines of positive psychology, neuroscience, interplay, appreciative inquiry, biblical studies and a theology of joy. We will learn about and experience the impact of cultivating practices, attitudes and dispositions which heighten the experience of joy and contribute to a flourishing life for individuals and communities. The class will utilize multiple pedagogical methods that require an openness to experiment with novelty.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Brita Gill-Austern

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: This course will meet Monday through Thursday, July 17-August 3, 2017; from 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Note Given the brevity of these courses, it is essential that students come prepared to engage in learning the very first day. To facilitate this, each course has 'Pre-Class' work to complete. This generally includes reading and often requires a written essay to be submitted before or on the first day of class. See the summer course webpage http://www.bc.edu/schools/stm/summer/summercourses.html for more information.


Last Updated: 27-Mar-17