Studies in Spirituality
This course is designed for those interested in the nature and practice of various spiritualities, spiritual practices, and values, all in the context of professional and wisdom-based leadership - whether as teachers, nurses, lawyers, engineers, or other professions. In the area of spirituality for example, it examines in a connected and practical way, topics such as - the nature of spirituality, the two halves of the spiritual life and the search for wisdom, ancient journey paradigms, insights from key spiritual teachers and leaders, and a variety of spiritualities throughout history, mainly Christian, Jewish and Islamic, that are relevant to the human journey. Similarly, in the area of spiritual disciplines, it invites participants to explore applied theory in relation to practices such as - meditation and mindfulness, 'lectio divina' (sacred reading), Christian, Jewish and Islamic spiritual practices, icon spirituality, walking meditation, and others. Finally, in the domain of values, the course explores the theory and application of key stances or values from the same three traditions, such as - paying attention, hospitality, forgiveness, Sabbath leisure, prophetic imagination, humility, mercy, contemplation, justice, and the common good. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the need to contextualise spirituality within the ancient stories of the mythic life journey, within the two halves of life, and within the context of the search for happiness, wisdom, flourishing and fulfilment, all of which, in turn, provide support for professional leadership.
|Faculty||Faculty of Education and Arts|
|School||School of Humanities and Social Science|
Semester 2 - 2014
(UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Upon completion of this course, students will be expected to:
Themes will include a selection of the following: Defining spirituality, spiritual practice and spiritual values; Paradigms of the ancient mythic spiritual journey (e.g. Homer’s The Odyssey) and the two halves of the spiritual life; Jesus’ Jewish spirituality and the spiritualities of the desert ancestors and Orthodox mystics; early Jewish and Islamic spiritualities and practices; Celtic, medieval and contemporary spiritualities; The lives and writings of key spiritual guides such as - Meister Eckhart, Ibn al-‘Arabi, Pema Chodron, Teresa of Avila, Abraham Isaac Kook, Gregory Palamas, John Chryssavgis, Lawrence Kushner, Joan Chittister, and Richard Rohr; Connections between the arts and spirituality; Christian and interfaith spiritualities; the spirituality of suffering, illness and death; a focus throughout the course on - spirituality and the search for contemplative practice, happiness, wisdom, flourishing and fulfilment, as applied to the field of professional leadership.
|Transition||Students who have previously completed THEO6016 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6016.|
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Email Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
|Compulsory Components||None listed|
|Course Materials||None listed|
|Timetable||2014 Course Timetables for RELT6016|