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Teaching organisation

This unit is offered in multi-mode (i.e. delivered online and in face-to-face contexts) and uses an active learning approach to support students in the exploration of the knowledge and skills associated with developing centres of the New Evangelisation in Schools, Parishes and Movements. Students are able to with a series of online asynchronous interactive sessions as well as attend synchronous online webinars to participate in the construction and synthesis of this knowledge. This approach allows flexibility for students who are largely engaged in full-time work.

Unit rationale, description and aim

Within Catholic schools, Religious Education is a key learning area and for Catholic schools in Australia, Religious Education has been one of the ways in which the Catholic tradition has been transmitted across generations. Effective Religious education involves learning about religion and also participating in the Catholic tradition, so as to develop students as people of faith.

In this unit postgraduate students explore the proposal that Catholic schools could become centres of the New Evangelisation. It begins with an exploration of Church documents and contemporary literature about the mission of Catholic schools. By identifying challenges for schools in achieving this vision students will examine and critique current approaches used to develop and promote the new evangelisation. Specific skills in planning and leading student, youth ministry and staff faith formation experiences (such as retreats, liturgy, staff and student prayer) are developed. An in situ investigation will be used to assess the strengths and weaknesses of current approaches. In addition, youth evangelisation models and pathways from Catholic school to Church community (Parishes and Movements) are examined. Postgraduate students will also participate in a workshop designed to focus on the development of individual and system-wide school-based plans and Church based youth ministry plans.

The aim of this unit is to equip teachers, school leaders and youth ministry or Church leaders with the knowledge, skills and expertise to develop Catholic schools and Church communities as dynamic expressions of youth evangelisation.

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

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

LO1 - Critically analyse the Church’s vision for the Catholic school as a centre for evangelisation and the components required to create favourable conditions for effective evangelisation (GA4, GA9; APST 3.6)

LO2 - Research and analyse contemporary examples of New Evangelisation programs operating in Catholic schools, Parishes and other Church Ministries (GA6; APST 2.1)

LO3 - Demonstrate skills in developing, leading and critically evaluating student and staff formation and ministry experiences within Catholic schools, youth ministry in parishes and movements (GA8; APST 6.3)

LO4 - Investigate and critically analyse evangelisation pathways between school and Church focused on drawing staff and students into greater participation in the life and mission of the Catholic Church (GA4, GA6, GA8; APST 7.4).

Graduate attributes

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA6 - solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account

GA8 - locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information 

GA9 - demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media 


On successful completion of this unit, pre-service teachers should be able to:

2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

6.3 Seek and apply constructive feedback from supervisors and teachers to improve teaching practices.

7.4 Understand the role of external professionals and community representatives in broadening teachers’ professional knowledge and practice.


Topics will include:

  • Catholic schools as centres of the New Evangelisation including post-conciliar Church documents and contemporary literature; challenges and implications of the contemporary cultural landscape; the critical role of teachers and leaders in staff and student formation.
  • Creating favourable conditions for a formation process; Contemporary frameworks and interrelated components of evangelisation in Catholic Schools (explicit and implicit) including student retreats, liturgy and prayer, service and justice initiatives, WYD and other Youth Festivals.
  • Catechesis student models incorporating Religious Education: a study of the Catholic Schools Youth Ministry 4 phase model including youth ministry pathways from school to parish and Church ministries. Contemporary catechesis models for primary school are explored including incorporating retreat experiences, regular formation in the classroom and peer-to-peer ministry.
  • Animating evangelisation in Catholic schools, Parishes and Church ministries including contemporary skills in student ministry.
  • Leading school(s) investigation including pathways from school to parish and Church ministries.
  • The forming of teachers and leaders in evangelisation:
  • Teachers and leaders – resources and professional formation programs; School based planning tools and exercise.
  • Youth ministers and Church leaders – resources and professional formation networks: parish and movement planning tools and exercise.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This unit is offered in multi-mode (i.e. delivered online and in face-to-face contexts) and uses an active learning approach to support students in the exploration of the knowledge and skills associated with developing centres of the New Evangelisation in Schools, Parishes and Movements. Students are able to with a series of online asynchronous interactive sessions as well as attend synchronous online webinars to participate in the construction and synthesis of this knowledge. This approach allows flexibility for students who are largely engaged in full-time work.

Where required by cohorts, part or all of the unit could be delivered face-to-face with students engaging in lectures and workshops as well as students accessing digital resources and activities available through the LEO site.

This learning and teaching strategy facilitates active participation in pedagogical approaches that demonstrate alignment of teaching, learning and assessment and the strategy is responsive to the diverse contexts of individual students and cohorts.

This is a 10 credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the semester. To achieve a passing standard in this unit, students will find it helpful to engage in the full range of learning activities and assessments utilised in this unit, as described in the learning and teaching strategy and the assessment strategy. The learning and teaching and assessment strategies include a range of approaches to support your learning such as reading, reflection, discussion, webinars, podcasts, video, workshops, and assignments etc. 

Assessment strategy and rationale

In order to successfully complete this unit, postgraduate students need to complete and submit two graded assessment tasks.

The assessment strategy used allows students to progressively develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to the level of sophistication where they are able to evaluate ways to draw on foundational and contemporary expressions of Christian education in a community of faith and, with a focus on evangelisation in Catholic schools, Parishes and church based ministries, to further develop this community.

In order to develop this level of creativity the first assessment task consolidates key theoretical and contextual understandings through synthesising this factual and conceptual knowledge in an extended written response, and apply their understanding through the development of a resource or plan focused on a School or Parish or Movement becoming a centre of the New Evangelisation.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

Assessment Task 1: Extended Writing Task

Critically analyse and evaluate the role that Church documents ascribe to Catholic schools in the formation of students and staff.

2000 words


LO1, LO2

GA4, GA6, GA9

Assessment Task 2: Case Study

Investigate and critically analyse the emergence of the New Evangelisation within a community such as a school, parish or movement. Describe the ‘çase’ and then as a result of your investigation and analysis design a Faith Formation plan or resource that would be appropriate for this community.

2000 words


LO3, LO4

GA4, GA6, GA8

Representative texts and references

Convery, R., Franchi, L., McCluskey, R., (2017), Reclaiming the piazza II: Catholic education and the new evangelisation. Leominster: Gracewing.

East, T., Aguilera-Titus., Coll, C., RSM, Eckert, A M., Kehrwald L., Lansing., Sean., Martineau, M., Roberto, J., & Tholcke, C M. (2015). Leadership for Catholic youth ministry. New London, CT: Twenty Third Publications.

Engebretson, K (2014). Catholic schools and the future of the church. New York/London: Bloomsbury.

Hall, D., Sultmann, W., Townend, G., (2018), Constants in Context. ACU La Salle Academy Publications.

Ryan, C., Fini, C., Hart, M., Hodge, J., Rhynehart, T., Koper, M., Hart, M., Sinclair, G., Salmon, P., Woods, P., Toohey, S., Gigacz, S., Pirola, T., Bennett, S., Hasham, S., & Woods, P., (2014). Australian Catholic youth ministry: Theological and pastoral foundations for faithful ministry. Mulgrave, Vic: Garratt.

Rymarz, R., Belmonte, A., Rossiter, G., Sharkey, P., Buchanan, M., Grajczonek, J., … (2017) Religious education in Australian catholic schools: Exploring the landscape. Mulgrave, Australia: Vaughan.

Sultmann, W., (2018), Cornerstone: encountering the spirit of Christ in the Catholic school. Bayswater Vic: Coventry Press.

 Woods, P. (2014). Catholic schools and the new evangelisation in Australian Catholic youth ministry: theological and pastoral foundations for faithful ministry, 215-238. Mulgrave, Vic: Garratt Publishing.

Vatican Documents

Congregation for Catholic Education. (2007). Educating together in Catholic schools: A shared mission between consecrated persons and the lay faithful. Retrieved from

Congregation for Catholic Education. (2014). Educating today and tomorrow: A renewing passion. Retrieved from

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium (2013) [Apostolic Exhortation]. Retrieved from

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