Sexuality, Intimacy & Spirituality

Sexuality, Intimacy & Spirituality
Starts from:Mon, April 12, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • ELECTIVE UNIT Spirituality (DS) Elective unit
Class Description

Online Class

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 Michael Loughnane




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

Nadal Classroom

FEES – For 10 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


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  • 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...