This unit develops the skills to teach meditation and prayer in a variety of contexts. It will consider the spiritual life across the lifespan and meditation methods appropriate for various age groups including children, teenagers and adults in contemporary context. Students will explore various approaches including mantra, scripture, symbols, mandala, the place of the body and spiritual journaling, with an emphasis on Christian approaches. The focus will be on silent meditation, and establishing places of silence in a contemporary context. Leadership qualities and ethical considerations required for teaching meditation to groups in a variety of settings will also be discussed. Students will engage in professional experience in teaching meditation and prayer at such locations as schools, hospitals, youth groups, parish groups, universities, aged-care facilities, retreat centres and homes. The framework and insights of the Enhancing Catholic Schools Identity project will be referred to in the teaching of this unit. (Cross-listed with DP3611C).
Unit code: DS3611C
Unit status: Approved (Minor revision)
Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3
Unit discipline: Spirituality
Proposing College: Catholic Theological CollegeShow when this unit is running
Articulate the biblical and theological background for meditation and prayer in the Christian tradition in a contemporary context.
Describe and analyze spiritual growth at various stages of life development.
Assess and apply appropriate models of prayer and meditation in various pastoral contexts.
Articulate the fruits of meditation and prayer, and show how meditation is linked to action in these pastoral situations.
Learners will engage in intensive mode with lectures, workshops, facilitated peer discussion, electronic resources and professional experience.
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Note: a component of the portfolio is engaging in professional practice to which a hurdle task is attached. Students must demonstrate the ability to successfully conduct a group through two supervised sessions of meditation. If they have not demonstrated this ability (as determined by the supervisor) they cannot pass the unit irrespective of the grading received in the assessment tasks overall.
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 27 Oct, 2021
Unit record last updated: 2021-10-27 12:44:58 +1100