Spirituality (short unit)

MA in Christian Thought and Practice
COURSE UNIT 462

UNIT DESCRIPTION

This unit introduces the main spiritual streams within the Christian faith. It looks at spirituality in the gospels and in the early church. The main traditions examined and evaluated are evangelical spirituality, Ignatian spirituality, mystical and contemplative streams of spirituality, Franciscan spirituality and the social justice tradition, Celtic spirituality, and holiness and Pentecostal/charismatic spirituality. Figures who have shaped these traditions are briefly noted, for example Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, Ignatius Loyola and John Wesley. Consideration is also given to a few specific topics in the area of spirituality experience such as the dark night of the soul, spirituality and personality, and spiritual direction. In the course of looking at these topics, connections are made with the needs of the contemporary Church.

Aims

To understand the forms that Christian spirituality has taken within the main traditions of the Christian Church and to assess their application in contemporary Christian practice.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

CATEGORY OF OUTCOMEBY THE END OF THIS UNIT STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO:
Knowledge and understanding
  • demonstrate a sound knowledge and a critical understanding of themes in Christian spirituality
  • analyse major streams of spiritual practice
Intellectual skills
  • evaluate the relevance and application of different strands of spirituality to Christian life and ministry today
Practical and transferable skills; personal qualities
  • critically reflect on their own spirituality

Assessment:

ASSESSMENT TASK:LENGTH:WEIGHTING WITHIN UNIT
Formative:
  • An essay plan

n/a
Summative:
  • An essay

3000 words

100%
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Spirituality (short unit)

MA in Christian Thought and Practice
Course Unit 462

Credits:

15

Level:

7

Hours of Learning:

150

Tutor:

Dr Peter J. Morden

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