Advanced Studies in Spirituality

Course code RELT6017Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course offers a range of topics in Spirituality, including Anglican, Augustinian, Australian, Celtic, Mary MacKillop, and Spirituality of the Heart. These are available on a rotating basis, and students are advised to check with the course coordinator regarding the specific topic that will be the focus of a given semester. Each course contextualises the particular spiritual approach and investigates its distinguishing features at an advanced level.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the history, development and contemporary expression of a particular spirituality.
2. Articulate and critically examine distinctive features of a specific spirituality.
3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for further, and specialised, in the area of spirituality.
ContentThemes may include:
Augustinian spirituality; Anglican spirituality; Australian spirituality; Celtic spirituality; Mary MacKillop and spirituality.

Anglican Spirituality -
Anglicanism - historical perspective
The Anglican Spiritual Tradition
The Book of Common Prayer
John Henry Newman and the Oxford Movement
Ronald Knox, Michael Ramsey

Australian Spirituality -
History of Christian spirituality in Australia
Australia culture, society and spirituality
Contemporary trends
Effects of multiculturalism and immigration on Australian spirituality
The Land
Aboriginal spirituality
Interfaith perspectives

Spirituality of the Heart
- The mystery of the word 'heart' and its associated language
Spirituality of the Heart in its scriptural, traditional and theological foundations and expressions
- The contemporary rebirth of Spirituality of the Heart and its relationship to contemplation, woundedness, creativity, peace and justice
- The spiritual journey within contemporary culture - personal transformation and social action
- The Marian dimension

Mary MacKillop: A Contemporary Study -
- Historical and ecclesial context
- Spirituality within the Australian context
- Life and spirituality of Mary MacKillop
- Models of encounter with God in everyday life
- Implications for contemporary spirituality

Celtic Spirituality -
History and culture of Celtic tribes
Religion and beliefs of the Celts
Pre and post-Christian belief
Distinctiveness of Celtic spirituality
Irish expressions of spirituality
Replacing Course(s)THEO6017
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6017 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6017.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2 x minor essays (1,200 words each, 20% each)
1 x major essay (2,400 words, 40%)
Online Discussion4 x 300 word posts (20%),
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term