This unit explores Ignatian mystical spirituality as a resource for the construction of religious narratives that contribute to intentional, social transformation in a secular context. Students develop a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, social, cultural and ecclesial reconciliation. They will also develop an understanding of the evolution of a religious and cultural recognition of the autonomous rights of indigenous peoples. Elements of recognition theory and transitional justice are introduced through a discussion of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Indian Residential Schools.

Unit Code: DS9379J

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Jesuit College of Spirituality

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Learning Outcomes


Identify the principles of Ignatian mystical spirituality and apply them in the construction of an intentional religious narrative that contributes to social transformation in a secular context;


Apply their knowledge of recognition, vulnerability and transitional justice theory to their own ministry and context;


Propose a transdisciplinary approach to ecological, social, cultural and ecclesial reconciliation;


Identify a relevant research question or problem, apply a relevant, critical methodology, and formulate and support a well-defined thesis statement with a reasoned argument and evaluated evidence.

Unit sequence

This Postgraduate Elective Unit builds on prior learning from earlier postgraduate studies


Students will engage assigned readings guided by study questions and interact with their peers in a facilitated online forum. They will have guided readings, class discussion, facilitated small group interaction, student seminar presentations. Lectures and assigned readings drawing on a variety of authors. Evaluation is based on the development of a paper proposal a seminar presentation and an analytic paper.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Annotated Bibliography

Paper Proposal with annotated bibliography (500 words with 15-20 bibliographical references)

500 15.0
Seminar or Tutorial

Seminar Presentation (20 minutes, 2,500 words equivalent)

2500 25.0

Essay (4000 words plus bibliography, on an approved topic)

4000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 26 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-08 08:33:32 +1100