Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project
[I have developed] a confidence over the week with the language and theology that I didn’t have before. This has not only strengthened my own identity but also how I reflect on my role in Catholic education.
2017 unit participant
THCT605: Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project 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 program has been developed by ACU and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in conjunction with Catholic education partners.
This unit is offered in a blended mode, over three phases:
Participants will complete an online module and preliminary reading prior to attending the residential intensive. The completed material is not graded and is not accessible to teaching staff, however, it will form part of your preparation for assessment in the unit.
Intensive residential phase
Participants engage in seminars and activities designed to enhance and deepen their engagement with the resources. During this phase, participants will develop skills to interpret the data generated by the ECSI instruments, and the ability to communicate their understanding in ways that support Catholic schools, educational systems, and communities in enhancing their Catholic identity.
Participants reflect critically on the personal challenges and implications of ECSI. A webinar will support participants in the completion of the final assessment task.
All assessment items relate to real-world situations and opportunities.
Task 1 asks participants to: describe the theological background, aims and purposes of the ECSI Project; define its key terms; analyse data from the three ECSI scales; and discuss some of the challenges posed by the ECSI Project in the contemporary context. Where possible, participants are given the opportunity to work with their own school or diocesan data.
Task 2 asks participants to: reflect on their personal Catholic identity in light of the aims and purposes of the ECSI Project; identify ways in which their understanding of, and identification with, Catholic identity has changed as a result of their learning in the unit; and to reflect critically on the personal and professional implications and challenges of ECSI.
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.
This unit is offered in collaboration with Brisbane Catholic Education.
The residential component will take place Sunday 14 to Friday 19 October 2018.
To express your interest in participating in this unit offering, please contact:
Mr Simon Mahaffy Education Officer Catholic Identity & Leadership Identity, Mission & Religious Education Services Directorate of Learning Services Brisbane Catholic Education Office (07) 3033 7378
I have only one regret, and it is that I have waited too long to immerse myself in ECSI. These few days...have been so uplifting and energising. The passion in the room is remarkable. I am thoroughly enjoying being present; a rare and valued privilege.