This unit explores the institutionalised charisms of religious orders. These are a ‘gift’ to the wider church and students will explore the origin, history, expression and content of such charisms. The spirituality associated with these charisms and its contemporary expressions will be emphasised in the course.

Unit Code: DS2321Y

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


Enumerate the principal elements of a given religious charism


Demonstrate the interplay of history, theology and spirituality in a given religious charism


Trace the evolution of a charism’s expression


Describe the elements of a given religious charism in an appropriate form for contemporary society

Unit sequence

Prerequisite of 15 points of CT or DS


One charismatic tradition will be the focus of the unit each semester to permit concerted attention to the breadth of the sources and expressions of that tradition. This unit prompts students to explore these many expressions of ‘charism’ and to evaluate their fidelity, effectiveness and worth in contemporary religion.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay (1500 words)

1500 35.0
Multi-media project

Multi-media Presentation (equivalent to 2000 words)

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Jul, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-08 08:29:28 +1000