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: CH9215Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Outline the elements that identify Christian Spirituality particularly in relation to women’s writings throughout history


Articulate the historical contexts within which 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


Discuss the implications of historical understanding for ministry in the contemporary Christian church


Describe how women did or did not find their voice through their writings in the context of the Church of their times


Demonstrate the critical and creative tension between an understanding of historical texts in their original context and an appreciation of their contemporary value


Lecture/tutorial/seminar style


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Tutorial Journal 1500 words

1500 20.0
Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper

Tutorial Essay 2500 words

2500 30.0

Research Essay 3500 words

3500 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 14:14:54 +1100