Advanced Studies in Spirituality

Course code RELT6017
Not available in 2017


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 currently available.

This Course was last offered in Summer - 2015/2016.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able 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.


Themes 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


This course replaces THEO6017. If you have successfully completed THEO6017 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment Items

Essay: 2 x Minor Essays

Essay: Major Essay

Online Learning Activity: 4 x Online Discussion Board

Contact Hours