Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
This unit explores the elements of life that contribute to human thriving in community and the vulnerability that is part of the human condition. It focuses on interdependence and social justice as building blocks of dynamic communities, local, regional and global. Current ACU Students please note: this unit is taught intensively and students will be required to attend approximately 13 hours of face-to-face teaching.
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UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society
(Professional Term 5, 2018)
BRISBANE 25 June - 6 July 2018
NORTH SYDNEY 9 - 20 July 2018
Form(s) of teaching
Face-face teaching, online learning and community engagement
Form(s) of assessment
Two written assessments (1200 and 700 words)
ACU credit points
Approximately 25 hours
*Current ACU students are not required to attend community engagement activities (approximately 13 contact hours)
July School units have been developed to enhance students’ own studies in an intensive mode and provide a unique perspective on Australian and international society and culture. In this unit we encourage students from all nationalities and backgrounds to think critically and ethically and to develop skills to enable them to contribute to a more just society, in the context of dignity and the common good.
This unit would appeal to all students interested in building a more just world where all human persons are better enabled to flourish and reach their full potential. It crosses many disciplinary boundaries and is relevant in numerous courses, including law, human rights, business, health sciences, education, the arts, social work, international development, psychology and communication.
This unit explores the elements of life that contribute to human flourishing in community and the vulnerability that is part of the human condition. It focuses on interdependence and social justice as building blocks of dynamic communities, local, regional and global. The unit engages with a fundamental commitment to social justice and advocacy on behalf of the vulnerable, both with the Catholic intellectual tradition and from other sources.
Students are introduced to the principles of human flourishing and then asked to apply those principles to different perspectives or views on a contemporary social issue in order to critique these different views in terms of whether they promote or hinder the common good of all. Understanding these principles helps us to determine how issues relating to the dignity of the human person and the realization of the common good may be addressed in our personal and professional lives now and in the future. This knowledge and understanding is a foundation for the development of the skills needed to be able to propose ways to address challenges where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realized. Given the pervasiveness of such problems in our community, addressing this need is important to our success as a community in realizing a more just world and your role as an individual who can, and ought to be part of that.
This unit will aim to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the ideas of "self" and "community" as interrelated concepts, and develop basic skills to enable you to contribute to a more just society. Particular attention is paid to the development of graduate attributes of critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of information, working collaboratively and independently and reflective thinking.
On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
Describe coherently in writing the principles of Catholic Social Thought (CST), and through a personal written commentary on each one, explain how the concepts of 'self' and 'community' are interrelated.
Analyse and evaluate the principles of CST in order to write an argument that shows how issues relating to the dignity of the human person and the realisation of the common good may be addressed by you in your professional practice (ie. the degree program you are studying) now and in the future.
UNCC100 is also offered at Brisbane and North Sydney campuses in winter term 2018. If you wish to enrol in winter term, please enrol through Student Connect. For further information in relation to the Core Curriculum, visit:https://www.studentportal.acu.edu.au/ACUInfo/cau/ccu