This unit will assist supervisors and spiritual directors to develop a deeper appreciation of the range of theological worlds that serve as a background and context to the Spiritual Exercises. This unit explores how images of God (theological and Christological frameworks) emerged from Ignatius particular context – historical, familial, religious affiliation, educational, social, linguistic and cultural. The unit offers theoretical and historical frameworks for a responsible theological and spiritual interpretation of the Spiritual Exercises; it also offers a range of possibilities and strategies for communicating the key content in a contemporary context.

Unit Code: CT8261J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Systematic Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the theological worldview(s) operative in the student’s own meaning-making system and how they have changed since Ignatius’ time and context


Analyse forces shaping Ignatius’ particular theological world


Describe and synthesise the intentional and operational images of God and self out of which those who lived in Ignatius’ time might have been operating


Evaluate the comparisons and contrast between 16th Century understanding and interpretation of the Exercises and contemporary understandings and interpretations


Create theological proposals and possibilities for reshaping the ways we interpret and give the Spiritual Exercises in a contemporary context

Unit sequence

Prohibited combinations: Can only take one of the following:
DS8261J / DS8269J CT8261J / CT8269J


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, facilitated interaction in small groups


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

7000-word integrative essay

7000 100.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-24 15:12:37 +1100