DS9201J / DS9209J | Sexuality, Spirituality and Intimacy

DS9201J / DS9209J | Sexuality, Spirituality and Intimacy
Starts from:Wed, February 28, 2018 5:30PM - 8:30PM
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Elective This unit can be taken as an elective in the Spirituality or Spiritual Direction pathways.
Class Description

DS9201J is the face-to-face class

DS9209J is the online class (Online students will be able to view the lectures 24 hours after the Wednesday evening class, videos available on ARK).

Intimacy is the capacity to commit oneself to particular individuals in relationships that last over time, even though those relationships may call for significant sacrifice, compromise and ethical strength. The commitment begins with oneself. Knowing oneself makes it possible to be in an intimate relationship without taking over or losing self to the other. Intimacy, or deep friendship, is knowing another and allowing oneself to be known. This applies within marriage, the celibate vocation, and the single life. Intimacy with one’s self, is a prerequisite for intimacy with God and with the other.

This unit aims to help students explore what psychosexual maturity means and how sexuality, intimacy and spirituality relate in the human person.  The unit requires a reflective element in which the student grows in his or her psychosexual awareness.


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

  1. demonstrate a working knowledge of psychosexual maturity and how that concept applies to them;
  2. identify historical and contemporary Christian perspectives for understanding sexuality, intimacy and spirituality;
  3. analyse the intersections between sexuality, intimacy and spirituality;
  4. evaluate the implications of sexuality, intimacy and spirituality on personal identity and functioning;
  5. integrate fundamental principles and practices relating to sexuality, intimacy and spirituality within their own ministry context.


Dr Maggie Kappelhoff


Wednesday evenings in Semester 1

First class commences on 28th February 2018


5:30pm to 8:30pm, Wednesday evening during Semester 1


Jesuit College of Spirituality, 175 Royal Parade, Parkville VIC 3052

Nadal Classroom


For academic credit                       $2,400

Not for academic credit                $1,200

  • Maggie Kappelhoff


    Dr Maggie Kappelhoff holds a Dip. Social Work (Canada), BTh (Tabor), BTh (Hons) (St Marks, CSU) and a PhD (St Marks, CSU). Her PhD thesis is entitled “The Marks of the Church as ‘Gift’ and ‘Task’:
A Paradigm for the Twenty-First-Century Church...