This unit explores the meaning of Christian spirituality using the writings of women throughout history. Emphasis will be placed on the historical context of the primary sources used, the struggles of women in coming to find their own voices within their contexts, and their specific literary genres. This study aims to bring the reader to an appreciation of both the significance of these writings for their own times, as well as their continuing relevance to our life and mission in the Christian Church today.
Unit code: DS9215Y
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Elective
Unit discipline: Spirituality
Proposing College: Yarra Theological UnionShow when this unit is running
Outline the elements that identify Christian Spirituality particularly in relation to women’s writings throughout history.
Articulate the historical context within which selected women communicate Christian spirituality throughout history.
Identify key features of Christian spirituality within women’s writings.
Interpret a range of literary genres used by women writers in Christian History.
Describe how women did or did not find their voice through their writings in the context of the Church of their times
Discuss the implications of the understanding of these texts for ministry in the contemporary Christian church.
Demonstrate the critical and creative tension between an understanding of historical texts in their original context and an appreciation of their contemporary value
The Unit is an elective within the disciplines of Church History and Spirituality. There are no pre-requisites.
The unit will consist of Lectures, Tutorials and discussion forums all delivered in a Seminar style (whether face to face or online) so that students can interact with the ideas presented, engage with other students and their reflections and ideas and develop skills in critique, debate and practical application.
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
Portfolio of 5 Tutorial Exercises of 300 words each
|Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper||2000||30.0|
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Maggie Kappelhoff on 22 Sep, 2020
Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000