Contemporary Studies in Spirituality 1

10 Units

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 each semester, and year. Students need to select ONE topic only, and should check with the head of Theology or the course coordinator for the availability of that particular topic in a given semester or year. Each course contextualises the particular spiritual approach and investigates its distinguishing features.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2013

Learning Outcomes

Upon 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.


Themes can include:

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

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
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6017 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6017.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Two 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 1000-4500 words. 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 Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60171

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