Details for Negotiating the Life Path: The Spiritual Journey
This unit sits at the core of the MA(CS), in the sense that while all units have integrative elements, this unit is specifically about integration across the narrative of the student’s own life. The unit acts - through reflective exercises, self analytic skills, and Christian understandings about life-path discipleship -- as an integrating point between the other disciplines to which the student is being exposed elsewhere in the course.
- Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
- Course code: SPI502
- Credit points: 10
The following courses are prerequisites:
The unit Negotiating the Life Path: The Spiritual Journey is part of the subject area Christian Spirituality and is offered as a part of the following Awards: Master of Arts (Christian Studies) (Alphacrucis College (NSW Dept. of Education)).
At the successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
- display a broad understanding of a range of approaches to the theory and practice of Christian spirituality, and their ramifications for understanding the life path;
- demonstrate a critical understanding of theories of life stage and faith development;
- develop strategies for interrogating and critically engaging Christian Spirituality texts through “active reading” and “learning through discussion”; apply a reflective appreciation of how Christian thought, discipline and content of lifelong learning may be integrated in personal praxis.
- Introduction to Christian Spirituality and praxis
- Gaining wisdom (a) in biblical and theological perspective; (b) in daily life through “active reading” and “learning through discussion.”
- The theology and practice of Presence: Christian disciplines in historical and contemporary context
- Theories of Life and Faith-stage development
Models for personal practice and integration with regard to:
- personal self- and social self
- existential engagement with self, others, time, ‘the world’
- mind, body and spirit
Life stage negotiation skills:
- active reflection
- problem solving
Critical review, minor essay, major essay, personal journal.
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