In this unit students will explore the various forms or stages of contemplation relating to the shifts in awareness of a person’s relationship with God. The application of contemplative practices associated with these forms or stages are examined to ascertain their influence on deepening awareness of personal spiritual development, vocational discernment, communal engagement and the development of global perspectives.

Unit Code: DS9202W

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Articulate an historical framework for the development of contemplation through Christian history from the early Church to the current era


Describe the discipline of contemplation and its relationship to other spiritual practices such as meditation, prayer and intercession


Critically analyse the unique aspects of the various forms of contemplation


Evaluate their own spiritual practices as they relate to contemplation


Describe the relevance of contemplative practices to engagement with the world and diverse contexts and cultures of ministry

Unit sequence

DS 9201W Art of Contemplative Practice


Lectures, seminars, tutorials, group conversation, reflective practice


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Book Review

Book Review 1500 words

1500 25.0

Essay 4500 words

4500 75.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-17 07:59:40 +1000