Theology and Philosophy

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.

  1. Explain the theological foundations of the ECSI project and the hermeneutic-communicative model.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical framework for the ECSI instruments.
  3. Interpret data generated by the ECSI instruments accurately and with insight with respect to personal areas for growth.
  • Views of the contemporary situation: detraditionalisation and pluralisation
  • Theology and tradition
  • The nature and purposes of the Catholic School
  • The hermeneutic-communicative model
  • Undertaking the ECSI survey
  • Theoretical and methodological frameworks for the ECSI instruments
  • Interpreting the ECSI survey results
  • Conditions for authentic dialogue
  • Theology as recontextualisation
  • Enhancing Catholic School Identity: What do I do now?
This unit is offered in a blended mode, over three phases:

Preparatory Phase

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.

Consolidation Phase

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Task 2 asks participants to give a critical theological analysis of survey data for a school and an individual.
  3. 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.’

Students wishing to undertake this unit may do so via one of the following modes:

Completing the unit for credit

  1. Course admission and enrolment: This unit constitutes 10 credit points and is part of the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) (comprising 160 credit points) and the Master of Professional Studies in Theology (MPST) (comprising 120 credit points). Upon completion of this unit, enrolled students have the opportunity to undertake a second, more advanced unit on the ECSI Project.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Completing the unit for general interest and professional learning

  5. 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.

The online module will open in LEO on Friday 3 February 2017.

The residential component will be offered in Ballarat from Sunday 2 to Friday 7 April 2017. The Program commences with dinner at 6pm on the Sunday and concludes at midday on the Friday.

How to enrol

This unit is offered in collaboration with the Catholic Education Office Ballarat. If you are interested in undertaking this unit, please contact:

Dr Gina Bernasconi or Ms Audrey Brown
(03) 5337 7135
director@ceoballarat.catholic.edu.au

This unit is offered in collaboration with Catholic Education Melbourne.

The online module will open in LEO on Monday 5 June 2017.

The residential component will take place in Melbourne from Sunday 30 July to Friday 4 August 2017. The Program commences with dinner at 6pm on the Sunday and concludes at midday on the Friday.

This unit is offered in collaboration with Brisbane Catholic Education.

The online module will open in LEO on Monday 12 June 2017.

The residential component will take place in Brisbane from Sunday 6 to Friday 11 August 2017. The Program commences with dinner at 6pm on the Sunday and concludes at midday on the Friday.

Further information

For more information about THCT605: Enhancing Catholic Identity: Introducing the Leuven Project, or the Faculty's Theological Foundations of Enhancing Catholic School Identity Project, please contact:

Dr Christiaan Jacobs-Vandegeer
Postgraduate Course Coordinator
(03) 9953 3553