In this unit the student will carry out a participative action research intervention in the student’s own organisation, with the support of group spiritual direction. This intervention is designed to bring about an organisational transformation. The student will articulate how the intervention evolved and the subsequent impact of the intervention.

Unit Code: DS9169J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Design and undertake an effective intervention in an organisation, using appropriate action research methods


Analyse the organisational intervention through developing, testing and modifying working hypotheses as a basis for further action


Illustrate, by way of a work journal, how they have provided effective leadership of organisational transformation


Work transparently and constructively with challenges, criticisms and conflict


Demonstrate how Ignatian spirituality was integrated into and informed their organisational transformation project

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: old codes: DS9132J / DS9139J


The face-to-face unit will be offered as a five-day intensive. A significant proportion of each day of the intensive will be devoted to: (i) the lecturer’s input on the theoretical understanding of organisational change from an Ignatian perspective, (ii) guided reading, (iii) personal reflection, and (iv) facilitated interaction in eight weekly 1.5 hour group sessions of role consultation after the intensive.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

5000-word integrative essay

5000 80.0

Engagement with and contribution to weekly online forums of group role consultation equivalent to 1000 words

1000 20.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-16 10:48:25 +1000