Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project
This program has been developed by ACU and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in conjunction with diocesan Education partners.
The THCT605: Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project unit explores contemporary theology in the area of Catholic school identity, focusing on the theology, methodology and pedagogy of the ECSI Project. It can be undertaken as part of a Master’s degree at ACU or as an interest-based professional learning activity.
This unit is offered in a blended mode, over three phases:
Participants complete an online module and preliminary reading over several weeks prior to attending the residential intensive. The module provides a theoretical and methodological framework for the ECSI instruments, and an opportunity to undertake and interpret the ESCI surveys. This material is saved into a portfolio and supports completion of the assessment tasks.
Intensive Residential Phase
Participants engage in seminars and activities designed to enhance and deepen their engagement with the resources. During this phase, two of the three assessment tasks are completed. The residential phase is designed as a ‘retreat’ experience, and participants should expect to be in attendance into the evening of each day.
Participants reflect critically on the personal challenges and implications of ECSI. A webinar and discussion forum support participants in the completion of the final assessment task.
All assessment items relate to real-world situations and opportunities:
Task 1 requires participants to define key terms and concepts using both technical language as well as common-sense language, as to enhance their ability to communicate the meaning of ECSI.
Task 2 asks participants to give a critical theological analysis of survey data for a school and an individual.
Task 3 asks participants to complete the Leuven scales a second time, to evaluate their personal data in light of what (if anything) has changed, and the personal and professional implications of this data vis-à-vis ECSI’s ‘theological normative perspective.’
Enrolment for credit towards another Master’s course: Students enrolled in other ACU programs (such as the Master of Religious Education or Master of Educational Leadership) should approach their Course Coordinator to apply for credit into those courses.
Individual unit enrolment: Participants may enrol in an individual unit and complete the assessment, but do not enrol in a course at this time. You may seek to credit the unit to a relevant course in which you enrol in the next few years.
Completing the unit for general interest and professional learning
Audit: Participants are welcome to audit the unit and will not be required to complete the assessment. Please note, however, that preference will be given to applicants seeking academic credit for the unit; the assessment tasks are designed to ensure that participants are able to read and interpret the ECSI surveys with confidence.