Content

This unit locates Benedictinism in the wider history of monasticism. It covers monastic prayer with particular attention to the psalms, lectio divina, and liturgical life, the place of manual work and understandings of hospitality. Taking the monastic town of New Norcia as an example, it explores the Benedictine tradition in Australia especially in relation to the post-contact history of the former mission town. Students will spend a week living in the guest-house of the Benedictine monastery at New Norcia, Western Australia, participating in the community life of prayer. In addition they will attend lectures and participate in group discussions. There will be a number of structured activities based on the resources of the archives, museum, art gallery and cross-cultural Education Centre.

Unit Code: DS8405P

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Pilgrim Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Articulate their experience of Benedictine spirituality and hospitality

2.

Explore and analyse central themes of the Rule of St Benedict and Benedictine spirituality;

3.

Explore and analyse central themes in the history of Australian missionary work

4.

Interpret key themes in Australian history and the history of monasticism in relation to the particular experience of the New Norcia mission

5.

Discuss the historical role and contemporary significance of monasticism within the Australian church

6.

Demonstrate competence in use of historical sources, and in the construction of historical argument.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: CH/DS9410P: Living by the Rule: Benedictine Spirituality in Australia

Pedagogy

Seminar, workshop, discussion Participation in the live-in experience will include lecture-style input and discussion (5 x 2 hours) and seminar-style source-based discussion (7 x 3 hours), in addition to involvement in and reflection on the community life of prayer (8 hours minimum), and structured activities drawing on the resources of the archives, museum, art gallery and cross-cultural Education Centre (4 hours). The Orientation meeting (4 hours) and the Saturday workshop on research (6 hours) will include input and small group discussion.

Assessments

Name Description Weight (%)
Journal

Journal – 2,000 words

20.0
Essay

Source Exercise – 2,000 words

40.0
Essay

Essay – 2,000 words

40.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-13 15:07:55 +1000