This unit is the second of a sequence of two that introduces students to practice of personal and corporate spirituality. Spirituality is approached both broadly as the human exploration of personal meaning and transcendence as well as more specifically in the Christian tradition of the human experience of God in Christ through the Holy Spirit and in the communal life of the Church.

This second unit examines the following areas of Spirituality • Spirituality and personality • Spirituality formation and human thriving • Spiritual companionship • Finding, developing and maintaining supportive contexts that sustains one’s ongoing spiritual journey

Unit code: DS0102W

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Diploma

Unit discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning outcomes


Appreciate the breadth of experiences, expressions and emphases evident in the Christian encounter of God within a variety of traditions


Demonstrate an awareness of their own and other’s encounter God


Identify specific factors that enhance or inhibit spiritual growth and human thriving


Explain how spiritual practices can promote spiritual growth and human thriving in their life and those of their community

Unit sequence

This unit is second in a sequence of two units (DS0101W, DS0102W) that together serve as an introduction to Christian spirituality. It is expected that students work through these units in sequence.


Lectures, seminars, tutorials.
The unit will also utilise the practice of spirituality as well as field trips and excursions to provide students with the opportunity to explore various expressions and contexts of spirituality.

Indicative Bibliography

  • Benner, D. Sacred companions: The gift of spiritual friendship and direction. Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity, 2002.
  • Boa, Kenneth. Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Zondervan, 2001.
  • Calhoun, A. A. Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2005.
  • Cunningham, Lawrence., and Keith J. Egan. Christian Spirituality: Themes from the Tradition. New York: Paulist Press, 1996.
  • Holt, B.P. Thirsty for God: A brief history of Christian spirituality. Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg, 1993.
  • Mulholland, M. R. The Deeper Journey: The Spirituality of Discovering Your True Self. Expanded Edition. ed. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Books, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, 2016.
  • Peterson, E. H. A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society. Commemorative edition. ed. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2019.
  • Thomas, G. Sacred pathways: Discover your soul’s path to God. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2000.
  • Tyson, John R. Invitation to Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Anthology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Written Assessment Task 1,500 words

1500 40.0

Written Assessment Task 1000 words

1000 30.0
Oral Presentation

Presentation 20 mins

0 30.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-12 15:04:32 +1100