Core Curriculum

An ACU education is more than a degree. It’s more than a rite of passage, or a set of practical skills.

It’s learning to look at the world through a new perspective, with empathy and confidence. It’s learning to lead, and to listen. It’s challenging stereotypes, and having the courage to make an impact.

The University’s Core Curriculum lies at the heart of this transformation. It’s a key part of every ACU student’s education ­– giving you time to reflect on a life well lived, and consider ways we can change the world by applying the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

These principles are relevant to us all.

They are about the dignity of the human person.

They are about solidarity – belonging to one human family regardless of race or religion.

They are about the common good – everyone should have access to what they need to live a fulfilling life.

They are about participation – we all have the right to take part in decisions that affect our lives.

They are about the vulnerable – caring for the underprivileged is everyone’s concern.

And they are about stewardship of the earth – it’s our collective responsibility to care for the world and its resources.

Seeing the world through these principles will change the way you look at those around you, the way you practice your future profession, and the way you make personal and professional decisions throughout your life.

The Core at ACU is made up of two units, and a community engagement unit – taught by our best and most passionate lecturers from all areas of the University. You’ll be in classes with students from other disciplines, ensuring different viewpoints and lively debate.

Core units can be taken face-to-face, online, or intensively. There’s even the chance to complete a unit overseas – in cities such as Rome, London, Beijing, Paris or New York.

The Core is unique to ACU. It gives you an edge with employers – who recognise in our graduates a sense of curiosity, a defined creativity, and an ability to engage with the world in a meaningful way.