The unit addresses understandings of spirituality and various approaches to its study (e.g., historical, theological and 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: DS8000Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Critically articulate the fundamental nature and the methods of spirituality


Analyse the development of spirituality over time


Critically reflect on a selected aspect of Christian spirituality


Analyse traditional and contemporary approaches to spirituality


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


Weekly synchronous seminars and tutorials

Indicative Bibliography

  • Cocksworth, Ashley & John McDowell eds, T&T Clark Handbook of Christian Prayer. London: t&t clark, 2022.
  • 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.
  • Sheldrake, Philip, The Spiritual Way: Classic Traditions and Contemporary Practice. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2019
  • 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

1500 word Tutorial Presentation

1500 25.0

1500 word Integrative Assignment

1500 25.0

3000 word Essay

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Jun, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-06-20 15:30:54 +1000