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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 11/03/2022 15:44:15

Title of Module: Spiritual Formation L9

Code: THEO09017 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Education & Social Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Dr Lina  Toth

Summary of Module

This Module explores Christian spirituality from a number of perspectives, and does so by enabling the student to engage with the theological and practical dimensions of the Christian spiritual tradition.The nature of spirituality is explored by examining biblical principles, surveying historical movements and identifying modern influences.

The dynamics and disciplines of the spiritual life, as expressed in the Christian tradition are then explored with worksheets, lectures, seminars and group work so that the student learns at both a theoretical and practical level. Spiritual disciplines and their contribution to personal growth are studied, and these include meditation, spiritual direction, self-examination, worship, prayer, intercession, solitude, listening to God, the dark night of faith, discipline, suffering and service. The relation between spirituality and justice and social ethics is also explored. 

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate a clear knowledge, with detail in some areas, of the nature and maintenance of spiritual life in the context of Christian scripture and history.

L2. Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the relationship between the nature, dynamics and processes of spirituality, personal formation, and social transformation through ethical practices.

L3. Present with self-awareness and assess with self-criticism, their own experience of a variety of spiritual disciplines and methodologies for maintaining individual and corporate spiritual development.

L4. Demonstrate knowledge and critical appreciation of, and respectful understanding of, spiritual traditions other than the student's own.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Understanding the theology and nature of spiritual life and experience within the Christian tradition.

Reading classic spiritual texts with both critical appraisal and appreciative appropriation of their teaching for contemporary readers.

Make integrative connections between theological, experiential and historical truth.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Understanding and practicing formative habits of spiritual life.

Other awareness and respect for the dignity and value of each human being

Self awareness and self management through learned habits of self-monitoring.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Formulating and conveying to others observations from personal experience, scholarly research and group discussion.

Developing attitudes of compassion, understanding and empathy for the experience of others.

Critical and analytic ability in handling texts, responding to accounts of others experience, and contributing to group discussion.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Listening to the views and experiences of others without judgmental responses and with respect for the variety of human spiritual experience.

Use of IT for research, accessing online resources and in keeping a regular Journal for personal development.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Respecting, treating in confidence, and hearing the views of others in areas of personal experience.

Intellectual humility both in expressing their own views and in hearing the views and expereinces of others.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery24
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop10
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Independent Study134
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Boa, Kenneth, Conformed to His Image: Biblical and Practical Approaches to Spiritual Formation (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001).

Chan, Simon, Spiritual Theology: A Systematic Study of the Christian Life (Downers Grove/Leicester: InterVarsity Press, 1998).

Collins, Kenneth J. (ed.), Exploring Christian Spirituality: An Ecumenical Reader (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000).

Foster, Richard J., Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001).

Gordon, James M., Evangelical Spirituality (London: SPCK, 1991).

McGinn, Bernard; Meyendorff, John (eds.), Christian Spirituality: [vol.1] Origins to the Twelfth Century (World Spirituality, vol.16; New York: Crossroad, 1997).

Raitt, Jill, (ed.), Christian Spirituality: [Vol.2] High Middle Ages and Reformation (London: SCM Press; New York: Crossroad, 1988).

Saliers, Don E. Dupre, Louis;(eds), Christian Spirituality: [Vol.3] Post-Reformation and Modern (World Spirituality, vol.18; London: SCM Press, 1990).

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardEducation
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelDivinity
ModeratorDr. Ian Birch
External ExaminerDr Alison Jack
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assignment: Book review 40%
Assignment: Portfolio 60%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 0 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
As a Christian theological college, students should be aware that teaching, discussion and the college's ethos is from a confessional viewpoint. The college actively encourages an environment of openness and religious tolerance, but the main function of the college is the training of ministerial candidates and the learning environment will be supportive of this.

Where students need additional support, this is provided by the college team with reference if appropriate to other UWS colleagues, when they are referred to Student Support Services for further assistance. In consultation with the student, the needs of individual students are met, wherever practicable, and every effort made to ensure individual students are not disadvantaged.

UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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