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THEO981

Spirituality, Practices and Values for Professional Leadership

Unit overview and content

This course is designed for those interested in the nature and practice of various spiritualities, spiritual practices, and values, all in the context of professional and wisdom-based leadership - whether as teachers, nurses, lawyers, engineers, or other professions. In the area of spirituality for example, it examines in a connected and practical way, topics such as - the nature of spirituality, the two halves of the spiritual life and the search for wisdom, ancient journey paradigms, insights from key spiritual teachers and leaders, and a variety of spiritualities throughout history, mainly Christian, Jewish and Islamic, that are relevant to the human journey. Similarly, in the area of spiritual disciplines, it invites participants to explore applied theory in relation to practices such as - meditation and mindfulness, 'lectio divina' (sacred reading), Christian, Jewish and Islamic spiritual practices, icon spirituality, walking meditation, and others.

Finally, in the domain of values, the course explores the theory and application of key stances or values from the same three traditions, such as - paying attention, hospitality, forgiveness, Sabbath leisure, prophetic imagination, humility, mercy, contemplation, justice, and the common good. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on the need to contextualise spirituality within the ancient stories of the mythic life journey, within the two halves of life, and within the context of the search for happiness, wisdom, flourishing and fulfilment, all of which, in turn, provide support for professional leadership.

Study hours

10 hours per week for 12 week semester, comprised of:

  • At least one hour per week for online lectures.
  • At least three hours per week of reading.
  • At least six hours per week of directed study, including optional and assessable online activities.

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Online Quiz (20%)
  • Minor Essay (20%)
  • Major Research Essay (40%)
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