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, 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.

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

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2013


Upon 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.


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

Replacing Course(s) THEO6017
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6017 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6017.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - 2 x minor essays (1,200 words each, 20% each) 1 x major essay (2,400 words, 40%)
  • Online Discussion - 4 x 300 word posts (20%),
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for RELT6017

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