This unit will critically examine the historical development of concepts and practices related to Spirituality. Starting with its roots in Hebrew and Early Christian terminology and philosophical thought, students will be guided through examination of the shifts in definition shaped by key figures in the Judeo-Christian traditions and the influence these shifts had on the practices within these traditions. Students will consider current applications of spirituality within and beyond faith traditions and the value of these sources for reconstructing practices of spirituality in the future.
Unit code: DS8002W
Unit status: Approved (Major revision)
Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational
Unit discipline: Spirituality
Proposing College: Whitley CollegeShow when this unit is running
Discuss the kinds of historical evidence available for discovering how people shaped the understanding of spirituality
Employ hermeneutical methods for reading and evaluating the terminology informing spirituality across generations
Assess the role of spiritual terminology in shaping historical spiritual practices
Debate the relevance of shifts in spiritual terminology and practices for contemporary expressions in spirituality
Formulate a personal critical response to a core issue in Spirituality
This unit provides a foundational examination of Spirituality and Church History for students studying in Whitley College and Wellspring Spirituality and Spiritual Direction Awards. The unit maybe taken in other postgraduate awards.
Seminars, lecturers and participation in historical practices of spirituality including Christian devotion.
|Type||Description||Word count||Weight (%)|
|Personal Reflection - Reflective journal on readings||1500||25.0|
|Tutorial Paper/Seminar Paper - Seminar Paper||1500||25.0|
|Essay - Essay of 3000 words||3000||50.0|
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 21 Oct, 2022
Unit record last updated: 2022-10-21 12:42:01 +1100