Unit description

Introduces students to the concept that culture is an everyday lived experience, and that spirituality is experienced through the human condition. This unit recognises that well-being is everybody's concern within a holistic paradigm. Historical and diverse concepts of well-being will also be examined. Definitions of spiritual distress, spiritual expression, spiritual emergency and emergence will be explored. Spiritual expression will be defined and analysed in a comparative way with religious expression.

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction - terms and definitions
Topic 2: Definitions of spirituality and religion
Topic 3: Holistic concepts - men's and women's spirituality
Topic 4: Deep ecology, environmentalism & spirituality
Topic 5: Cross cultural concepts of holism and healing
Topic 6: The importance of story in healing
Topic 7: Grief, trauma & recovery
Topic 8: Spiritual distress/emergency/emergence: what are they?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2018 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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