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.

Course

UNCC100 Self and Community: Exploring the Anatomy of Modern Society

Course dates

10 -21 July 2017

Lecturer(s)

Sr Monica Whelan
Form(s) of teaching Face-to-face teaching, online learning and community engagement

Form(s) of assessment

Two written assessments (1200 and 700 words)

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 would appeal to all students who are interested in building a more just world where all people 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.
Current ACU Students please note:  this unit is taught intensively and students will be required to attend approximately 25 hours of face-to-face teaching and community engagement activities.

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. 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 must, 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.

This unit includes site visits to community organisations that support the most marginalised members of our society.

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 that 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 students in their professional practice (ie. the degree program you are studying) now and in the future.

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