Contemporary Studies in Spirituality 2

Course code RELT6018Units 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. Each course contextualises the particular spiritual approach and investigates its distinguishing features.

Not available in 2015

Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
1. Articulate the history, development and contemporary expression of a particular spirituality.
2. Articulate distinctive features of a specific spirituality.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to work both a contextual and a focused perspective.
4. Demonstrate knowledge required for further, and specialised, study in this, or a related area.
ContentThemes can include:

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

An Augustinian Spirituality for Social Justice -
- Augustine of Hippo - his life and times
- The writings of Augustine - Confessions, Rule
- Augustine's Teaching and Praxis
- Community, interiority, Love as motivation for ministry
- Contemporary application of key themes of Augustinian spirituality
- Augustinian spirituality and Social Justice

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
Replacing Course(s)THEO6018
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6018 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6018.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsSelf Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsTwo or more written assignments, which might include minor or major essays, tutorial papers, book reviews, online quiz, blogs, essay proposals, bibliographies or other similar exercises, totalling 5,000 words (or equivalent). 100%
Other: (please specify)Specific instructions about the weighting, timing and word limits of all assessment tasks will be found in the course outline available in the first two weeks of semester.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term