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: DS8000Y (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

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


Analyse traditional and contemporary approaches to 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 Press, 2006.
  • King, Ursula, Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies Throughout the Ages. Mahwah, NJ: Hidden Springs, 2001.
  • McGinn, Bernard, 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

1500 word Tutorial

1500 25.0

1500 word Integrative Assignment

1500 25.0

4000 word Essay

4000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-31 14:30:30 +1100