This unit looks at a variety of significant figures in the history of Christian spirituality, spanning several centuries. The focus is on their personal and spiritual formation and how their spirituality, as a whole, was expressed and developed through leadership and mission. The impact of these figures in transforming their traditions and their world will be explored. A dialogical approach will be used to engage the original contexts, concepts of mission and leadership, and their application in the contemporary church.

Unit Code: DS9727B

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spirituality

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Eva Burrows College

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Learning Outcomes


Locate selected spiritual leaders in their historical and social context


Describe how the spirituality, leadership and mission of selected leaders transformed their existing tradition


Assess specific connections between an individual’s spirituality, leadership and mission


Demonstrate awareness of the interplay of these elements in the student’s own spirituality, leadership and ministry


Analyse the impact of historical and social forces and examine any prophetic and/or dangerous consequences for spiritual leaders

Unit sequence

24 points in DS Spirituality or equivalent


Lectures, group discussions, seminars, guided reading and online forums


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

3000 word seminar paper

3000 40.0

4000 word essay

4000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-20 10:38:43 +1000