This unit explores the relationship between a person’s identity and their spirituality through the Enneagram personal mapping system. It will identify the resourceful and non-resourceful dimensions of each personality type as well as fruitful ways to promote spiritual growth and personal development.

Students will engage with their own perceived personality frameworks and the impact these have on their developing awareness of self, God and the world in their everyday life experiences.

Unit code: DS3208W

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the key components of the Enneagram mapping system


Engage with the diversity of approaches in which the Enneagram is interpreted and used in contemporary society and practice


Demonstrate a reflective understanding of their personality type and its influence on their everyday lived experience


Employ the Enneagram as a mapping tool for one’s spiritual life particularly in relation to prayer, discernment, work and ministry


Lectures, seminars, tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Almaas, A. Facets of Unity: The Enneagram of Holy Ideas. Berkeley, CA: Diamond, 2000.
  • Cron, I. M. and S. Stabile. The Road Back to You. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2016.
  • Daniels, D. & Price, V. The essential enneagram: revised and updated. New York: HarperCollins, 2009.
  • Empereur, J. Enneagram and Spiritual Direction: Nine Paths to Spiritual Guidance. New York: Continuum, 2007.
  • Maitri, S. The Spiritual Dimension of the Enneagram: Nine Faces of the Soul. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2001.
  • Maitri, S. The Enneagram of Passions and Virtues. New York: Penguin Putnam, 2005.
  • Nathans, H. The Enneagram at Work: Towards personal mastery and social intelligence. London: Cyan/ Scriptum, 2004)
  • Riso, D. R. and Hudson, R. The Wisdom of the Enneagram: The Complete Guide to Psychological and Spiritual Growth for the Nine Personality Types. New York: Random House, 1999.
  • Rohr, R. & Ebert, A. The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective. New York: Crossroad, 2001.
  • Wagner, J. Nine lenses on the World: the Enneagram perspective. Evanston IL: Nine Lens Press, 2010.
  • Wagner, J. The enneagram spectrum of personality styles: an introductory guide. Portland, OR: Metamorphous Press, 1996 (Recommended for purchase)
  • Zuercher, S. Using the Enneagram in Prayer: A Contemplative Guide. Notre Dame, IN: Ava Maria, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

3500 word essay

3500 60.0

1500 word self-awareness report

1500 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 2 Sep, 2021

Unit record last updated: 2021-09-02 17:22:25 +1000