The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) Level 7 Special Purpose Award is:
- Intended for students who wish to explore and deepen their knowledge of the Carmelite tradition
- A next step for students who have completed the six modules of the Certificate in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies).
- Designed to enable students to study the Spirituality associated with the Carmelite charism. These courses are not designed to provide training for spiritual direction
- Delivered fully online and can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis
- Modular course with a combination of obligatory modules and individually selected modules.
- Accredited as Special Purpose European Qualifications Framework level 7 award by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth.
Students who have completed some of the modules of the Diploma in Carmelite Studies (accredited by the former Milltown Institute) may request exemptions from the equivalent modules in this course.
Course Overview for the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies)
The course is informed by the normative disciplines of Roman Catholic Theology and is a means to study the Carmelite tradition at a formal academic level and to achieve a proficient level of competence in Carmelite history, spirituality and Saints.
The course is designed for individuals:
- who wish to study the Carmelite tradition at third level (European Qualification Framework levels 7)
- who have already completed some of the Diploma in Carmelite Studies (accredited by the former Milltown Institute) and wish to continue their academic engagement in the field of Carmelite Studies and to bring their studies to higher level
- who have completed the six modules of the Certificate in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies).
As the course is fully online it is ideal for those who want to continue working while studying, or for someone who may not have easy access to one of the traditional education providers, or who may not have the time to commute to and from lectures daily. We also welcome students who want to study the course full-time, which allows students to complete the course in a much shorter time-frame.
The course offers students the opportunity to read and study individual modules at their own pace in a structured yet flexible approach on a part-time or full-time basis. The range of subject areas on offer will provide the background for candidates to engage critically in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world. Students who successfully complete this course will be able to describe, present and critically engage with the principal elements of the Carmelite tradition.
On successful completion of the Diploma course, the graduate should be able to:
- Exhibit a knowledge and understanding of the more significant topics, figures and sources relating to studies in the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
- Identify, gather and analyse the historical material relating to the more significant elements of the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
- Display the capacity to identify the more significant elements in the Carmelite tradition of spirituality and to present and communicate those elements with some degree of critical evaluation
- Present a coherent and well-structured written presentation of the more elements of the Carmelite tradition of spirituality
The diploma is structured to enable students to become familiar with the history and traditions of Carmel, its Saints and Blesseds, and their approach to prayer and Christian living.
In addition, the course is designed for students to develop important skills in academic research, practical writing and presentation at undergraduate level. Academic guidance is provided through individual assessment(s) feedback and formal training in the writing of academic essays. Support is available to students from the CIBI office.
The academic year is measured in two twelve week semesters:
- Semester 1: September – December
- Semester 2: January – April
The course is delivered in the form of a phased release of reading material made available through the CIBI website.
To be awarded the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) course students will be required to have read and studied the six mandatory modules (or their equivalent as approved by the Director of Studies) plus six additional modules (listed below in the Module titles section).
The Diploma in Spirituality(Carmelite Studies) is assessed as follows:
- Questionnaire and Essays
Each taught module is assessed by four ten-question questionnaires and an essay
Each questionnaire is awarded 10% of the overall marks (4 x 10 = 40%).
The final essay for each taught module is on an assigned topic and between 2,000-2,500 words long. The final essay in each module is awarded 60% of the overall mark.
Six mandatory modules as follows:
- H02: The Origins of the Carmelite Family
- H03: Figures of Inspiration; Mary and Elijah
- H05: Carmelite Reform and Renewal in the 16th Century
- S01: Saint Teresa of Avila
- S04: Saint Therese of Lisieux
- S05: Saint Titus Brandsma
Plus six additional modules – three from the History and Tradition section and three from the Saints and Blesseds section:
History and Tradition
- H01 Carmel: Development of the Tradition
- H04 The Carmelite Charism: Exploring the Biblical Roots
- H06 The Historical Founders of the Carmelites.
- H07 The History of Female Contemplative Life & Recent Developments
- H08: The Copiegne Martyrs: Died by Guillotine July 17th 1794.
- H09 The History of Carmelite Devotion
- H10: Church History: Early to Medieval Period.
- H11: Church History: Protestant Reformation to Modern Period.
Spirituality: Saints and Blesseds
- S02 St John of the Cross: Carmelite, Mystic, Poet
- S03 Mary Magdalene de Pazzi
- S06 St. Elizabeth of the Trinity
- S07 Saint Edith Stein
- S08 Saint’s Louis and Zelie Martin
- S09 Saint Albert of Jerusalem
- S10 St Thérèse of the Child Jesus as Revealed in Her Letters.
- S11 Teresa of Avila: Doctor of Prayer.
- S12 St. Elizabeth of the Trinity: A Trinitarian Mystic.
- S13 The Impact of God: A reading guide to John of the Cross.
- S14: Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity Reader of John of the Cross.
- S15: The Mystical Poetry of Jessica Powers (1905-1988) Sr Miriam of the Holy Spirit.
A module is delivered in the form of 16 units to be read and studied. The content of one unit is equivalent to approximately that delivered in a 45-minute lecture. Students will need to dedicate twice this amount of time to private reading beyond the material provided in the module.
A part-time student could complete the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) in 6 to 12 semesters (three to six years) depending on the number of modules they can undertake per semester.
A full-time student could complete the Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) in 4-5 semesters (2 to 2 ½ years).
The course is open to all adult students, both lay and religious. As the course will give the student an excellent understanding of the Carmelite tradition, it’s development through the centuries and of the most influencing saints, no previous knowledge of Carmel is expected.
The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) is accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, Ireland.
- Initial one-off registration fee of €50
- Module fee €120.00 per module
COURSE REGULATIONS 25th January 2019
Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies).
Accredited by St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth Ireland.
The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) is informed by the normative disciplines of Roman Catholic Theology and to provide the appropriate foundations for studies in Carmelite Studies.
This programme is designed to allow those students who have already completed the Diploma in Carmelite Studies (accredited by the Milltown Institute) to continue their academic engagement in the field of Carmelite Studies. Additionally, it is designed to allow those who might not have a Diploma level qualification to acquire such a qualification, or those who have completed the Certificate in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) to continue their studies. The course makes the heritage of the Carmelite family available at Diploma level across the English-speaking world using a part-time, internet-based mode of engagement/delivery.
This course will enable the Carmelite Family (which includes Friars, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites of various kinds) across the world to deepen their engagement with, and academic understanding of, the Carmelite charism and its associated history and tradition.
Students will explore, discover and study the essential elements of a theological approach to the Christian life, and to the living of the Carmelite charism in particular. It will familiarise students with the basic outlines of the history of Carmel, its Saints and Blesseds, its tradition and its approach to prayer and Christian living. Having studied the material presented, having engaged with it and having presented their understanding for critical scrutiny and feedback, those who have successfully completed this course will be able to describe, present and, to some extent, critically engage with the principal elements of the Carmelite tradition.
Although students will not need to attend a particular campus and will normally continue with their previous commitments, the course will enable them to engage academically with the material in a manner that maintains the standards of practice typical of third level institutions.
Students will be required to engage seriously, with the history, tradition and spirituality of Carmel. Their studies will provide the background that will enable them to engage critically in the ongoing dialogue between the Carmelite tradition and the contemporary world and to participate in the formation or training of others interested in the field of Carmelite Studies.
Applicants will normally have completed second-level education (equivalent to National University of Ireland Matriculation) but applicants 23 years of age or over on January 1st of the year of intended entry who do not fulfil the normal matriculation requirements may apply for matriculation on the basis of mature years.
This course is delivered in the form of a phased delivery of reading material made available through the CIBI website (www.cibi.ie) and all communication between the CIBI office and students is normally electronic and copies of all such communication are maintained in the CIBI office. The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) is a part-time, undergraduate course.
To complete the Diploma course, students must normally complete assessment of the required number of taught modules, which are divided into two categories: (1) History and the Tradition and (2) Saints and Themes. The twelve modules of the course must be completed within ten years of registration unless special dispensation has been given, and students who do not complete the course within the time allowed will only be allowed to complete the course when the Academic Board has been satisfied that there were good reasons why the course was not completed in the time allowed.
The academic year for CIBI courses is measured in two semesters, each being a twelve-week period, the first running from September until December, and the second from January until April. Modules will be available during the semester periods only. Each module takes twelve weeks to complete (a semester) and it is possible to take more than one module per semester. Each module is made up of sixteen units and each unit is the equivalent of a 45-minutes lecture. Students will need to dedicate about twice this amount of time to private reading beyond the materials provided. The four questionnaires, and the individual feedback that students receive for each questionnaire, are regarded as being the equivalent of a further eight units. The modules are all self-contained learning experiences that can theoretically be followed in any order. The part-time nature of the course means that, within the overall constraints (15 years for the course as a whole), students proceed at their own pace taking on each semester only as many modules as their circumstances permit. Normally, students will be expected to complete one or two modules each semester.
Each taught module is assessed by four, ten-question questionnaires and a final written assessment on an assigned topic of between 2,000 and 2,500 words. Both the answers to the questionnaires and the final written assessment are submitted by email and all correspondence is conducted via the Institute’s office in Dublin. In each module, each of the four questionnaires is awarded 10% of the overall marks, the other 60% being awarded for the final essay.
Each module is awarded 5 credits. The Diploma in Spirituality (Carmelite Studies) is a sixty (60) credit course, 5 credits being awarded for each of its twelve modules.
Exemptions may be granted for up to 25% of the taught modules if the candidate can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the CIBI Director of Studies that equivalent modules have been successfully completed elsewhere. Each exempted module will be awarded 5 credits.