Ignatian Pedagogy: A Contemporary Vision

Ignatian Pedagogy: A Contemporary Vision
Starts from:Sun, October 24, 2021
Campus Location

175 Royal Parade,Parkville,Victoria,Australia

Course Feature
  • Religious Education This unit is a foundational unit that can be undertaken within the Spirituality and Religious Education disciplines.
Class Description

Online Class 

This unit will examine and analyse the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm: self-knowledge and self-discipline; attentiveness; respect for intellect and reason as tools for discovering truth; discerning the right course of action; flexibility in problem solving; large-hearted ambition; and, a desire ‘to find God in all things’.

The unit will explore the relevance of the Ratio Studiorum to a contemporary context and study the practical ways in which Jesuit education is being applied and practiced throughout the world. It will interpret and analyse core Ignatian concepts such as: ‘Magis’, ‘Cura Personalis’, and ‘Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam’, as well as the aim and intention of ‘Forming Women & Men for others’ so that they become ‘Agents of Change’. It will explore the way these concerns impact on the leadership and pedagogical practices within Jesuit educational institutions. The unit will also examine the close relationship between Ignatius’ vision for education and the Spiritual Exercises.


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

  1. Observe, describe and critically evaluate the core concepts and underpinning values of Jesuit education
  2. Apply knowledge of the core characteristics of Jesuit education to the specific ministry and vocational context
  3. Suggest the ways in which a thorough appropriation of the Jesuit vision for education impacts on leadership, supervision and pedagogical practices
  4. Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively the Jesuit vision for education to other members of the community
  5. Self-appropriate a high level of cultural competency, critical reasoning, and leadership through engagement with local and international Jesuit agencies
  6. Synthesise and evaluate the implications of the close connection that exists between Jesuit pedagogy and the Spiritual Exercises


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

Nadal Classroom


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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  • Gerard Healy SJ


    Rev. Dr Gerard Healy SJ is an experienced teacher with significant experience in Catholic education. His qualifications include: B.Sc. (ANU); Dip.Ed./ M.ED. (University of Melbourne); B. Theol. (Melbourne College of Divinity) and Ph.D. (University of Melb...