The unit addresses the subject of medieval Christian mysticism [1100‐1600] in Europe through the study of primary sources using significant authors from various linguistic traditions. It aims to provide students with an understanding of common characteristics of mystical texts as well individual differences related to different historical contexts. The unit will help students reflect meditatively upon selected material, and will invite them to relate the study of Christian mysticism to their own personal contexts and their spiritual formation.

Unit Code: CH9189J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a detailed knowledge of the history, content and context of selected mystical texts


Demonstrate a knowledge of the defining characteristics of mystical texts and individual differences between authors and their historical contexts


Research, analyse, critically interpret and develop a sustained argument on selected mystical texts


Critically reflect on medieval mysticism in dialogue with contemporary theology and spirituality


Critically reflect on the relevance of medieval mystical texts in the light of their own spiritual journey and spiritual formation.

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations Only one of these codes is valid DS9181J/ DS9189J CH9181J/ CH9189J

old code: DS9124J


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000 word reflection

0 20.0

5000 word essay

0 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-29 11:39:48 +1100