TAM303 Spirituality and Spiritual formation

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Course code: TAM303

Course name: Spirituality and Spiritual formation

Semester: Spring

Location: Bergen

Academic year: 2023–2024

Language: English

Credits: 15 ECTS Credits

Available for course students: No

Required prerequisite knowledge

The basic educational pathway is an obtained bachelor's degree with 80 ECTS specialization in theology and with a grade average of C or higher (ECTS). Language requirements apply as for the entire Master program. For details and alternative pathways, see the curriculum for Master in Theology and Ministry.

Recommended prerequisite knowledge

2 years of experience from Ministry or Church practice.

Relevance within study programme

Compulsory course in Master in Theology and Ministry.


This course offers introduction to spirituality from three perspectives: Contextual: Encountering spirituality as a phenomenon in contemporary culture. Historical: Encountering writings from and about important spiritual traditions. Personal: Encounter spiritual formation as a means of personal formation.

Semester of Education: Spring.

Learning outcomes descriptors


The candidate:

  • has fundamental knowledge about the academic field of spirituality
  • has fundamental knowledge about spirituality as a phenomenon in contemporary society
  • has specialized knowledge about various traditions of Christian spirituality
  • has thorough knowledge about effects of experiences and context in early childhood for spiritual life.
  • has insights into spirituality as a phenomenon in late modern society
  • can analyze the role of spirituality on the basis of the Church's history, traditions, distinctive character and place in society


The candidate:

  • can analyze the relationships between biographical narratives, faith, self, and theology
  • can discern and reflect upon central methods and phenomena in spiritual formation
  • can reflect critically and constructively on matters of spirituality for personal, professional, and scholarly development
  • is sufficiently equipped with theory and methodology from the forefront of research on spirituality in order to design a limited research project of his/her own

General competence

The candidate:

  • can relate to professional ethical problems relevant for spiritual formation in a reflexive manner
  • can use knowledge and skills about spiritual formation for personal growth in limited assignments
  • is a capable conversation partner in ministry
  • can communicate independent work and masters language and terminology of the area of spirituality
  • can participate in scholarly discourses about spirituality and spiritual formation in academia, the church, and in wider society
  • can contribute to a renewed reflection on the role of spirituality in society and ministry


TAM303 focuses in on how Spiritual formation is framed an understood in history and how certain traditions of spiritual direction is recontextualized and brought to life in contemporary spirituality. The course also provides perspectives on how personal formation could be understood as a process of psychology, personal narratives, modern society and theology. A third area of attention is on spirituality as phenomenon in contemporary society and its relation to organized religion.

Teaching and learning methods

Two weeklong learning sessions on campus comprised of lectures, group-seminars, and case-based classes.

Participation in an online learning-program stretching over eight weeks before and between the learning sessions. Each week is comprised of at least one video-lecture, self study of syllabus related to the week's topic, online office hour (a live-chat with a lecturer), and a small assignment (coursework requirement).


375 h

Coursework requirements

  • 80% attendance at the learning session is a requirement. (Alternative assignments will be provided for students prohibited from attending).
  • 8 minor online assignments. (Alternative submission deadline may occasionally be approved)

Grading, coursework requirements

Approved/Not approved

Final assessment

Final assessment in TAM303 is the subject of one Term Paper. This is a written essay comprised of 5000 words (+/- 20%) on a pre-assigned topic. The assignment is distributed at the beginning of the term, and is to be delivered for feedback prior to the second learning session. After revision, final submission of the Term Paper is on a given deadline after the second learning session. The Term Paper is an individual piece of work and is assessed according to the ECTS grading scale.

Grading, examination

The Term Paper is assessed according to the ECTS grading scale, A-F.

Permitted aids under examination


Assessment language


Alternatively, one of the Scandinavian languages.

Other languages could be accepted by application.



Course evaluation

Students will be encouraged to evaluate the course module online (itslearning) upon completion. Lecturers will evaluate the course module through mutual conversation, and based on student evaluations.

Available as Single Course


Digital reading list

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