Master's Capstone Unit: Spirituality Today


Mr Christopher Morris (coordinator)
Semesters 1 or 2, 2020
days and times to be negotiated
This capstone learning experience requires students to undertake self-directed learning to address an issue(s) of spirituality relating to today’s context. Students are required to choose a theme(s) specifically related to contemporary spirituality in consultation with the lecturer and use the ‘hermeneutical approach’ from the study of Christian Spirituality for the investigation involving three phases: descriptive, interpretative and appropriative. The interpretative phase will involve engagement with methodologies and concepts from across different fields such as theology, biblical studies and also other non-theological fields where appropriate. The research will culminate with a presentation of key findings in a peer-engaged forum on how the issue(s) studied influences our understanding of Christian Spirituality today.

Census Date

  • Semester 1: Tuesday 17 March 
  • Semester 2: Tuesday 18 August


may only be taken in the final two semesters of the Master of Spirituality.


individual and guided research. Students may take lectures and seminars from relevant units on offer including those from other colleges of the university.


  • one 6,000-word essay 80%
  • one 20-minute presentation (2,000 words) 20%


  • Brown, Scott G. A Guide to Writing Academic Essays in Religious Studies. London: Bloomsbury, 2012.
  • Dreyer, Elizabeth and Mark S. Burrows, eds. Minding the Spirit: The Study of Christian Spirituality. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.
  • Downey, Michael. Understanding Christian Spirituality. New York: Paulist, 1997.
  • ‒‒‒, ed. New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality. Michael Glazier Book. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1993.
  • Holder, Arthur, ed. The Blackwell Companion to Christian Spirituality. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011.
  • Johnston, William. Arise, My Love: Mysticism for a New Era. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2000.
  • Perrin David. Studying Christian Spirituality. New York: Routledge, 2007.
  • Sheldrake Philip F. Explorations in Spirituality: History, Theology, and Social Practice. New York: Paulist, 2010
  • ‒‒‒. Spirituality: A Brief History. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2013.
  • Woods. Richard, and Peter Tyler, eds. The Bloomsbury Guide to Christian Spirituality. London: Continuum, 2012.