Foundational unit

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.


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 a specific selected aspect of the unit

3000 word essay (50%); 1500 word integrative assignment (25%); 1500 word tutorial (25%)

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, 2006.

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

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

Jones, Cheslyn, Geoffrey Wainwright, and Edward Yarnold, eds. The Study of Spirituality. London: SPCK, 1986.

Jungmann, Joseph A. Christian Prayer through the Centuries. New York: Paulist Press, 2006.

King, Ursula. Christian Mystic: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages. Mahwah, NJ: Hidden Spring, 2001.

Lescher, Bruce H., and Elizabeth Liebert, eds. Exploring Christian Spirituality. New York: Paulist Press, 2016.

McGinn, Bernard, John Meyendorff, and Jean Leclercq. Christian Spirituality: Origins to the Twelfth 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: Millenium, 1995.

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

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