Academic Programs 
      

Realities of Chaplaincies in Various Settings    (AM-656)
January Interession and Winter/Spring 2007

This course will introduce students to differences, commonalities and nuances involved with chaplaincy work in various institutional settings such as hospitals, local, state, and federal prisons, college campuses, long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes and hospices), etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the pastoral needs of clients in each setting, how to assess the institutional strengths and limitations in various settings and how to effectively serve in the unique setting each kind of institution presents.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Monday, January 8 through Friday, January 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.



Ahmed Nezar Kobeisy
Adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry and Counselor and Muslim Chaplain, Syracuse University

Contact Information:
phone: 
(315) 491-3050
email: akobeisy@syr.edu

 

Course Syllabus



The Course Provide an understanding of the historic development of chaplaincy. The spread and evolution of contemporary chaplaincy and its goals and applications will be explored. The different rules and tasks of chaplaincy in various settings (e.g. educational institutions, military, prisons, health care, etc.) will be introduced. Furthermore, this course is expected to help ministers, pastors, spiritual leaders and chaplains of various faith traditions understand the multi-dimensions of diversity within one’s own particular faith tradition as well as across religions, ethnicities, cultures and traditions thus enabling the chaplain to function effectively in a multi-faith setting and serve diverse populations.

This course will introduce students to differences, commonalities and nuances involved with chaplaincy work in various institutional settings such as hospitals, local, state, and federal prisons, college campuses, long-term care facilities (such as nursing homes and hospices), etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the pastoral needs of clients in each setting, how to assess the institutional strengths and limitations in various settings and how to effectively serve in the unique setting each kind of institution presents.

Investigating the practice and teaching of religion at American colleges and universities, the authors of this book uncover a surprisingly diverse and vital religious scene on campus. Based on extensive fieldwork at four very different U.S. institutions, the book challenges theories of the secularization of higher education and the decline of religion on campus. It reveals instead that both the practice and the study of religion are thriving, nourished by a campus culture of tolerance, diversity, and choice. Religion on Campus makes fascinating and important reading for all who want to understand what religion really means to today's undergraduates.

Required Textbooks:

1. Opata, J. (2001). Spiritually and Religious Diversity in Prisons: Focusing on how Chaplaincy Assists in Prison Management. Thomas Charles Publisher, Limited.
2. Lartey, E. (2003). In Living Color> Jessica Kingsly Publishers
3. Cherry, C., Deberg, B. and Porterfield, A. (2003). Religion on Campus. The University of North Carolina Press.
4. Bowman, G. (1998). Dying, Grieving, Faith and Family. A Pastoral Care Approach. The Haworth Press, Incorporated.
5. Kirkwood, N. (1999). A Hospital Handbook on Multiculturalism and Religion: Practical Guidelines for Health Care Workers. Morehouse Publishing.

Other handouts and reading materials will be distributed and/or assigned.
Course Requirements:

1. Regular attendance and active participation. In addition to physical presence in class during all times of instruction, participation must include initiating and responding to classroom’s discussions. This component is worth 30% of the grade. Unexcused absences are not allowed.
2. One research paper of at least ten pages (50%). Before you develop a topic and begin the research, you must submit a proposal for my approval.
3. A daily journal in which you’ll write commentary and analysis on both the readings and your experience in the class (20%). I expect you to be as analytical and critical as possible. The journals are due every day for the previous day. The journal for last day will be due with the final take-home exam.

Extremely Important:

• All assignments are to be typed or printed and handed in on time. Assignments must include references where appropriate and bibliographies. It is expected that you will proofread all your work before submitting it.
• Required readings for the day must be done in advance and prior to the day in which it is listed.
• Food, cell phones and beepers are prohibited during class. Essential and needed rinks (e.g. coffee, soda, juice and other non-alcoholic beverages) are allowed provided they do not violate the college or facility rules or interfere with the educational process.

Syllabus:

Day one (January 8, 2007)
1. Introduction and Organization.
2. Chaplaincy: Historic foundation, definition, role, scope, development and future trends.
2. Multiple loyalties.
3. Serving the religiously and/ or culturally different.
4. Group work: Students' experiences in their own settings:
a. Define your own role within your own congregation/ work.
b. Required education- expertise- services.
c. Personal experience with the religiously and/ or culturally different.
d. Personal experience in interfaith relations with other faith clergy.

Day two (January 9, 2007)
1. Religion in Prison (local, state and federal)
2. Roles of Chaplains
3. Demographic, economic, and management trends in prisons.

Readings for the day:
1. Opata, J. (2001). Spiritually and Religious Diversity in Prisons: Focusing on how Chaplaincy Assists in Prison Management. Thomas Charles Publisher, Limited.
Required work for the day:
1. Student’s research and presentation on the demography, beliefs and practices and trends in management in US prisons and present to class.

Day three (January 10, 2007)
1. Religion on Campus: The teaching and the Practice.

Readings for the day:
1. Cherry, C., Deberg, B. and Porterfield, A. (2003). Religion on Campus.
Required work for the day:
1. Research on one's own faith group education and practice in US colleges including curricular activities, chaplaincies, students' organizations and evangelical programs.
2. Discussions of one's own experience in college ministry.

Day Four (January 11, 2007)
1. Chaplaincy in Health Care institutions.
Readings for the day:
1. Bowman, G. (1998). Dying, Grieving, Faith and Family. A Pastoral Care Approach.
2. Kirkwood, N. (1999). A Hospital Handbook on Multiculturalism and Religion: Practical Guidelines for Health Care Workers.

Required work for the day:
Students' own experiences in dealing with individuals, their families of care givers and care recipients

Day Five (January 12, 2007)

1. Chaplaincy in Military
2. Catching up
3. Locating resources
4. Evaluation of the course
5. Conclusion

Guest speakers will be invited to speak about their own experiences.
Films related to the topics may be shown.

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