Capstone Integrative Project (20 cp unit)

Capstone Integrative Project (20 cp unit)
Starts from:Sun, October 24, 2021
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Master of Spiritual Direction students require completion of the postgraduate foundational units and at least 50% of elective units relevant to their award. The capstone unit will usually be taken during the last semester/year of coursework.

This unit enables postgraduate students to fulfil the capstone requirements related to their award (MSD) and is intended to be taken in the student’s final year. It directs, supports and encourages the integration of student learning across the theological disciplines by means of participation in an integrative seminar and completion of a project that draws on the student’s prior learning and directs it towards an integrative treatment of a chosen topic. Topics may be related to a particular theme identified in advance by Faculty. Projects must include explicit engagement with methodologies, concepts, and content from more than one field; actively address the graduate outcomes of the MSD; and show awareness of the issues related to creative and effective communication of theological ideas. Peer interaction coupled with a seminar will provide a staged development, as well as an overall framework for integrative learning while specific content will be largely determined by the participants’ own interests and experience. Students will be expected to present their ideas to their peers and members of faculty and to engage in critical interaction and feedback within the seminar process.

This (20 point) unit and is being offered from Semester 1, 2021 and is a one-semester unit.


Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a critical understanding of the methodologies, concepts and issues from at least two fields of study (MSD CLO 1,2);
  2. articulate points of synthesis and integration between at least two fields of theological study (biblical, historical, systematic, philosophical, practical – MSD CLO 1,3);
  3. generate questions and insights in relation to a chosen project that relate to at least two fields of theological study (MSD CLO 4);
  4. plan and execute and complete a substantial integrative project (MSD CLO 2,3,4,5,6,7).



To be determined according to the area of focus, but the following represent the core texts used in Spiritual Direction:

Barry, William A, and William J. Connolly The Practice of Spiritual Direction. San Francisco, CA: Harper, 2009.

Barry, William A. Letting God Come Close: An Approach to the Spiritual Exercises.  Chicago,IL: Loyola University Press, 2001.

Dyckman, Katherine, Mary Garvin, and Elizabeth Liebert. The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2001.

Dyckman, Katherine, and L. Patrick Carroll. Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet: An Introduction to Spiritual Direction.  Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981.

Fleming, David L. Draw Me into Your Friendship : A Literal Translation and a Contemporary Reading of the Spiritual Exercises. St. Louis, MO.: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 1996.

Gallagher, Timothy M. The Discernment of Spirits: An Ignatian Guide for Everyday Living. New York: Crossroad, 2005.

Guenther, Margaret. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction. Lanham, NJ: Rowman & Littlefield, 1992.

*Ivens, Michael. Understanding the Spiritual Exercises : Text and Commentary : A Handbook for Retreat Directors. Leominster: Gracewing, 1998.

*Munitiz, Joseph. A., and Philip Endean. Ignatius of Loyola: Personal writings, Reminiscences, Spiritual Diary, Select letters, the text of the Spiritual Exercises.  London: Penguin Books, 1996.

Ruffing, Janet. To Tell the Sacred Tale : Spiritual Direction and Narrative. New York; Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 2010.


Prof. Maryanne Confoy RSC / Dr Michael Loughnane

FEES – For 10 point units. Double for 20 cp units.

Students enrolled for academic credit | $2,266 Domestic Students | $2,925 International Students

Audit students (not for academic credit) | $1,133

ASSESSMENT – 20-point unit

Assessment Type and Volume Word Count or equivalent  Weight expressed as a % When due Learning Outcomes assessed
(1) Presentation of chosen project in seminar. 25 mins presentation and 15 minutes class discussion (4,000 words equivalent). 40% Week 8-9 1, 2, 3, 4
(2) Research Essay


10,000 60%


End of Semester 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Maryanne Confoy RSC


    Prof Maryanne Confoy RSC is a Religious Sister of Charity. Maryanne and Michael Smith established the foundation of the Arrupe® Program and was one of its first lecturers and supervisors. She is a Fellow of the University of Divinity. Maryanne has comp...

  • Michael Loughnane


    Michael has worked as a senior teacher as well as holding significant leadership positions in Catholic schools in Victoria for the past thirty years. He completed his PhD in practical theology in 2008; his thesis had as its focus the essential constituent...