This unit provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on decreasing interest in institutional religion, but increasing interest in spirituality. Using a range of educational tools, the unit will examine: generational differences in the western post-modern world; the role of religion in traditional and post-traditional societies; an overview of the development theory; biblical, traditional and more modern understandings of faith; the dialogue between institutional religion and personal spirituality; the modern challenges facing individuals and religious communities in our contemporary scientifically oriented society.

Unit Code: DS2010Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the impact of generational and cultural changes on the role of religion, images of God and the understanding of faith


Exhibit an awareness of theological and developmental theories of human growth


Discuss cultural and age-related issues in the construction and reconstruction of meaning


Recognize the relationship between people’s image of God and their ideas about religion and spirituality


Analyse the challenges and possibilities of reconstructing personal and communal meaning in contemporary scientifically oriented society


Lectures, structured questions for reflection, class discussion, student presentations


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Analysis of major ideas and issues presented in article/s chosen by the lecturer (1500 words)0

1500 30.0

Essay on a topic related to the student’s ministry or experience which looks at the challenges facing Church members in meeting the needs of the varying groups in our communities (3000 words)

3000 70.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-06 14:15:29 +1000