This unit will examine the ways in which spiritual yearning manifests itself in contemporary Australian culture. There will be particular focus upon signs of spirituality as they are revealed in the arts, Indigenous culture, volunteerism and the interpretations of religious experience in daily life. Students will examine the ways in which spirituality finds expression in a multicultural, multi-faith context. The unit will also examine some of the reasons for the decline in formal religious life whilst grappling with the reasons why spirituality is largely ignored by the secular mainstream.
Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and role of spirituality in Australian society
Identify and analyse the role and nature of spirituality in Indigenous Australian cultures
Critically reflect on the tension between indigenous cultures and non-indigenous cultures, based on sacred and secular assumptions and values
Critically consider the process and history of secularisation in Australia and its impact on Christianity and other religions
Demonstrate a critical understanding of the inter-relationship between emerging spiritualities and the multicultural and multi-faith complexity of Australian society.
This unit may be taken within a post-graduate award. Students will have completed at least one foundational unit of study.
Lectures, seminars and group discussion
Book Review 2500 words
Essay 5500 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-13 09:07:58 +1100