In this unit students will examine a range of personal spiritual formation approaches that contribute to the deepening awareness of how an individual’s spiritual journey impacts their lived experience and engagement with the world. Students will be introduced to the concepts of spirituality and spiritual formation to set the context for the course. This will provide a basis for exploration of themes including spiritual direction, retreats, Sabbath, personality and spirituality and contemplative practices.

Unit Code: DS3031W

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Explain how spirituality and spiritual formation relate to their personal lived experience


Outline a history of spiritual writers who have influenced awareness of spiritual practices


Critically describe personal experiences of spiritual direction and spiritual retreats


Critically analyse the way in which personality impacts spiritual development


Describe the spiritual practices that lay a foundation for spiritual growth and illustrate this from within different practices


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, group conversation (discussion), reflective practice


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book review (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Retreat field report (1000 words)

1000 25.0

Essay (3000 words)

3000 50.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-09 13:27:11 +1000