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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 define and discuss dimensions of cultural and spiritual well-being and, differentiate between spiritual and religious expression
2 demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural perspectives of spiritual practices and expressions in a historical and contemporary context
3 explain symptoms of spiritual distress, spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence
4 evaluate the static and mutable aspects of their own spiritual and cultural perspectives, spiritual and religious concepts and expression
5 demonstrate an understanding of definitions of grief, trauma and recovery in a well-being context.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. define and discuss dimensions of cultural and spiritual well-being and, differentiate between spiritual and religious expression
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  2. demonstrate an understanding of diverse cultural perspectives of spiritual practices and expressions in a historical and contemporary context
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  3. explain symptoms of spiritual distress, spiritual emergency and spiritual emergence
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  4. evaluate the static and mutable aspects of their own spiritual and cultural perspectives, spiritual and religious concepts and expression
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. demonstrate an understanding of definitions of grief, trauma and recovery in a well-being context.
    • GA5:
    • GA6:
    • GA7: