Foundational Unit                                                           (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester Tuesday morning


The unit addresses understandings of spirituality and various approaches to its study (e.g. (i) historical, (ii) theological and (iii) anthropological). Traditional Christian spiritualities, both apostolic and mystical are examined, as well as other selected spiritualities, including indigenous and eco-spiritualities. The unit includes a transformational perspective, inviting students to relate the study of spirituality to their own personal contexts.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. articulate the fundamental nature and the methods of spirituality
  2. discourse on the development of spirituality over time
  3. give a critical reflection on a selected aspect of Christian spirituality
  4. analyse traditional and contemporary approaches to spirituality
  5. make a critical personal response to selected aspects of the unit.

1500 word tutorial presentation (20%); 1500 word integrative assignment (20%);3000 word essay (60%)


Downey, Michael. ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. Collegeville, MN:Liturgical Press, 1993.

Edwards, Denis. Ecology at the Heart of Faith. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006.

Groody, Daniel. Globalisation, Spirituality and Justice. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.

Holder, Arthur. The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality. Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2005.

McGinn, Bernard, John Meyendorf and Jean Leclerq. Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelth Century. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1987.

Schreiter, Robert J. The Ministry of Reconciliation: Spirituality and Strategies. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 1998.

Stockton, Eugene. The Aboriginal Gift: Spirituality for a Nation. Alexandria, NSW: Millenium Press, 1995.

Wiseman, James A. Spirituality and Mysticism. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2006.

Woods, Richard. Christian Spirituality: God’s Presence through the Ages. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2006.