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


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.



Learning Outcomes

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. Make a critical personal response to a specific selected aspect of the unit.


1000 word tutorial presentation (25%); 2000 word essay 50(%); 1000 word integrative assignment (25%)


* = set texts recommended for purchase

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, R. 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.