Content

This unit explores the spiritual life by examining the developmental stages and meditation techniques appropriate for various age groups including children, teenagers and adults. Students explore various approaches including mantra, scripture, symbols, mandala, visualization, body work and spiritual journaling, with an emphasis on Christian meditation. The focus will be on silent meditation, and establishing places of silence in the contemporary technological context including schools, parishes and other settings. The unit will include such topics as spirituality and holiness, discovery of identity and intimacy and signs of spiritual growth. Leadership qualities and ethical considerations required for introducing meditation to groups in a variety of settings will also be discussed. Students will engage in professional experience in leading a meditation group at such locations as schools, hospitals, youth groups, parish groups. The framework and insights of the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity project will be referred to in the teaching of this unit. This unit can be used as a praxis unit including the development of a ‘Project Plan’ that is certified as ‘low risk’ by the Head of Department, and a supervised professional placement including a ‘Placement Contract.’ (see appendix 1)

Unit Code: DS9610C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Describe and analyse images of God appropriate to the various stages of life development

2.

Assess and apply appropriate models of prayer and meditation in various pastoral contexts

3.

Demonstrate and reflect on the kind of leadership and communication skills required in Christian meditation settings such as schools, parishes, hospitals, palliative care facilities

4.

Show how meditation is linked to action in these pastoral situations

5.

Demonstrate a capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.

Pedagogy

Lecture, seminars, tutorials

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

3000 word essay Christian Meditation in Context

50.0

2000 word praxis report: Professional Practice

25.0

2000 word praxis Case Study: Leadership/ facilitation Development

25.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-01 09:29:52 +1000