This unit will examine and analyse the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm: self-knowledge and self-discipline; attentiveness; respect for intellect and reason as tools for discovering truth; discerning the right course of action; flexibility in problem solving; large-hearted ambition; and a desire ‘to find God in all things’. The unit will explore the relevance of the Ratio Studiorum to a contemporary context and study the practical ways in which Jesuit education is being applied and practiced throughout the world. It will interpret and analyse core Ignatian concepts such as: ‘Magis’, ‘Cura Personalis’, and ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’, as well as the aim and intention of ‘Forming Women & Men for others’ so that they become ‘Agents of Change’. It will explore the way these concerns impact on the leadership and pedagogical practices within Jesuit educational institutions. The unit will also examine the close relationship between Ignatius’ vision for education and the Spiritual Exercises.

Unit code: DR8369J (Approved)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Religious Education

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning outcomes


Observe, describe and critically evaluate the core concepts and underpinning values of Jesuit education


Apply knowledge of the core characteristics of Jesuit education to the specific ministry and vocational context


Suggest the ways in which a thorough appropriation of the Jesuit vision for education impacts on leadership, supervision and pedagogical practices


Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the Jesuit vision for education to other members of the community


Self-appropriate a high level of cultural competency, critical reasoning, and leadership through engagement with local and international Jesuit agencies


Synthesise and evaluate the implications of the close connection that exists between Jesuit pedagogy and the Spiritual Exercises


All lectures will be filmed. There will be some opportunity for online participation. Each session will consist of: (i) online resources (including recorded lecture), (ii) guided reading, and (iii) facilitated interaction in an online forum

Indicative Bibliography

  • Duminuco, Vincent, Ed. The Jesuit Ratio Studiorum of 1599: 400th Anniversary Perspectives. New York: Fordham University Press, 2000.
  • Groome, Thomas H. Educating for Life: A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent. Allen, TX: Thomas More, 1998.
  • Groome, Thomas H. and Harold Daly Horell, edits. Horizons & Hopes: The Future of Religious Education. New York: Paulist Press, 2003.
  • Ignatian Pedagogy – Letter from Father General Kovenbach SJ. (Jesuit Institute)
  • Ignatian Pedagogy: A Practical Approach. The International Centre for Jesuit Education in Rome, 1993.
  • Jesuits. The Ratio studiorum: the official plan for Jesuit education (translated and annotated by Claude Pavur). St. Louis : Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2005.
  • Kolvenbach, Peter-Hans. The Characteristics of Jesuit Education. Anand, Gujarat: Gujarat Sahitya Prakash, 1987
  • Mesa, José, ed. Ignatian Pedagogy: Classic and Contemporary Texts on Jesuit Education from St. Ignatius to Today. Chicago Ill: Loyola Press, 2017.
  • Morris, Andrew B. Catholic Education: Universal Principles, Locally Applied. Newcastle upon Tyne : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 2017
  • O'Malley, John W. The First Jesuits. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1993.
  • Palmer, Parker J. The Courage to Teach: Exploring the Inner Landscape of a Teacher's Life. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 1998.
  • Traub, George, Ed. A Jesuit Education Reader: contemporary Writings on the Jesuit Mission in Edcuation, Principles, the Issue of Catholic Identity, Practical Applications of the Ignatian Way and More. Chicago Ill: Loyola Press, 2017.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay of 4000 words (a range of topics assessing outcomes not already assessed in previous assessments)

4000 50.0
Learning Resource

Development of a Unit of study using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (1500 words)

1500 25.0
Oral Presentation

A 15 minute Presentation (1500 words Equivalent)

1500 25.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-10-31 13:35:50 +1100