Justice and Change in a Global World

Universal fraternity and aspirations for the common good begin with a basic recognition that we need one another.  In this unit you will develop your understanding of the dignity of the human person within the context of a global community.

Course

UNCC300: Justice and Change in a Global World

Course dates

10 -21 July 2017

Lecturer(s)

TBA

Form(s) of teaching Face to face teaching, online learning and field work

Form(s) of assessment

Presentation and two written assignments

ACU credit points

10

ECTS Credits

7.5

US Credits

3 or 4

Contact hours

Approximately 25 hours

*Current ACU students are not required to attend community engagement activities (approximately 13 contact hours)

This unit will be of particular interest to students whose future careers will require them to interact with people who may be vulnerable or whose dignity may be challenged by the circumstances of their lives. Students of Nursing, Paramedicine, Law, Teaching, Social Work, Psychology and International Development should consider enrolling in this unit.

Universal fraternity and aspirations for the common good begin with a basic recognition that we need one another.  In this unit you will develop your understanding of the dignity of the human person within the context of a global community.  You will develop skills that will assist the cooperative efforts of government, business, faith groups, and not-for-profit agencies to achieve a more just and equitable world. On completion of this unit you will have acquired the skills and knowledge to become an active agent for change in an interconnected and interdependent world.

Topics will include:
  • Frameworks for Human Dignity
  • Historical examples where human dignity was absent
  • Human dignity in contemporary society
  • Case studies
  • Defining advocacy
  • How does one achieve advocacy in a professional context?
  • Community engagement principles
  • Models of community engagement
  • Community engagement - global organisations
  • Working for change and the common good

This unit includes site visits to approved community engagement organisations.

On successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  • Describe how the efforts of public, private, not-for-profit agencies, faith based groups and you as a professional, can result in the realisation of a more just global community.
  • Critically analyse the challenges with realising aspirations of the common good in your professional community, locally and globally.
  • Critique a global issue where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realised, and propose ways to address this challenge.
  • Aslin, H.J. & Brown, V.A. (2004). Towards Whole of Community Engagement: A practical Toolkit. Murray-Darling Basin Commission.
  • Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (2015). 2015–2016 Social Justice Statement. ‘For Those Who’ve Come Across the Seas’: Justice for refugees and asylum seekers. Editors: John Ferguson and David Brennan. www.catholic.org.au
  • Korgen, J. (2007). Solidarity Will Transform the World. Orbis Books, 2007.
  • Massaro, T. (2015). Living Justice: Catholic Social Teaching in Action (3rd edition). Faculty Book Gallery.
  • Pope Francis. (2015). Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home [Encyclical]. http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html
  • Scottish Centre for Regeneration Communities Scotland. (2004). Creating a learning landscape: A skills framework for community regeneration. www.scr.communitiesscotland.gov.uk
  • Woodroffe C. D. 2003. Coasts: Form, Process and Evolution. Cambridge, Melbourne.

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