This unit will aim to help participants deepen their understanding of Ignatian spirituality as described by Saint Ignatius of Loyola in his Autobiography and locate it within the general context of Christian spirituality. The emphases of the unit will be the life of Ignatius and core concepts and practices in Ignatian spirituality.

Unit Code: DS8031J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate a detailed theoretical understanding of the Ignatian approach to prayer, desire, discernment and action


Reflect on their experience of applying Ignatian practices in their own spiritual lives, in light of the literature on Ignatian spirituality


Describe and illustrate the relevance of Ignatian spirituality in today’s world

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: old code: DS8118J


The unit will be taught as two weekend intensives (Friday evening to Sunday afternoon) eight weeks apart. In-between these, each student will make an individually-guided retreat in daily life during which the student will pray each day, make the Examen and see a retreat director once a week. The pattern of each weekend will include (i) lecturer’s input, (ii) students’ prayer and personal reflection, and (iii) sharing in facilitated small groups. Additional resources requiring critical reflection and peer interaction will be given.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1000-word essay

1000 20.0

5000-word integrative essay

5000 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2016

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-13 09:49:42 +1000