Rationale, Methodology, and Process
The Core Curriculum was introduced at the initiative of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, and implementation began in undergraduate programs of the University in semester 2, 2012.
The two common University Core Curriculum Units have their rationale in the University Mission Statement:
UNCC100: “[The University’s] ideal graduates will be highly competent in their chosen fields, ethical in their behaviour, with a developed critical habit of mind, an appreciation of the sacred in life, and a commitment to serving the common good”;
UNCC300: The University “is guided by a fundamental concern for justice and equity, and for the dignity of all human beings.”
Through the Core Curriculum, students are enabled to articulate the basis of the University’s mission in its Catholic identity. While they might not share that identity, they are invited to collaborate in the mission.
The UNCC units also focus very explicitly on the development of the University Graduate Attributes, and offer substantial resources to scaffold student development of a number of these attributes.
Both University Core Curriculum Units make use of a methodology adapted from the social analysis of Joe Holland and Peter Henriot: contemporary issues give rise to an investigation drawing from a range of theoretical perspectives, including the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, to prompt a new synthesis of theory and action.
Students are expected to complete 150 hours of focused learning for each UNCC unit—normally 10 hours in face-to-face sessions, and the rest using highly developed materials in LEO. Groups are limited to 20-25 students to maximise personal interaction. The Core Curriculum is delivered in a number of different modes, and because of the professional experience requirements of various cohorts, there may be several differently timetabled streams operating in any given semester.