The unit addresses understandings of spirituality and various approaches to its study (e.g., (i) historical, (ii) theological and (iii) anthropological. Traditional Christian spiritualities, both apostolic and mystical are examined, as well as other selected spiritualities, including indigenous and eco-spiritualities. The unit includes a transformational perspective, inviting students to relate the study of spirituality to their own personal contexts.

Unit code: DS1000Y

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Articulate the fundamental nature and the methods of spirituality


Discourse on the development of spirituality over time


Give a critical reflection on a selected aspect of Christian spirituality


Make a critical personal response to a specific selected aspect of the unit.


Interactional; Lectures; additional audio/visual input; discussion

Indicative Bibliography

  • Downey, Michael, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical, 1993.
  • Edwards, Denis. Ecology at the Heart of Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.
  • Groody, Daniel. Globalisation Spirituality and Justice, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2007.
  • Holder, Arthur. The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality. Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.
  • Jungmann, Joseph A. Christian Prayer through the Centuries. New York: Paulist, 2006.
  • King, Ursula. Christian Mystic: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages. Mahwah, NJ: Hidden Spring, 2001.
  • McGinn, Bernard and John Meyendorf and Jean Leclerq. Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth Century. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.
  • Schreiter, R. The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.
  • Stockton, Eugene. The Aboriginal Gift: Spirituality for a Nation. Alexandria: Millenium, 1995.
  • Wiseman, James A. Spirituality and Mysticism. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.
  • Woods, Richard. Christian Spirituality: God’s Presence through the Ages. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1000 word Tutorial

1000 25.0

2000 word Essay

2000 50.0

1000 word Integrative Assignment

1000 25.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-05-03 14:53:31 +1000