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Campus offering

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Teaching organisation

This unit involves 150 hours of focused learning, or the equivalent of 10 hours per week for 15 weeks. The total includes formally structured learning activities such as lectures, tutorials, online learning, videoconferencing, or supervision. The remaining hours typically involve reading, research, and the preparation of tasks for assessment.

Unit rationale, description and aim

This unit provides the School of Theology with the flexibility to respond to needs as they arise. It will normally be offered to meet the specific needs of a cohort of students, at the request of a diocese, seminary or Catholic Education Office, or to take advantage of the expertise of a visiting scholar or a faculty member’s research. With the permission of the course coordinator, cross-institutional enrolment at another institution may be arranged, provided the external unit’s content is aligned with a student’s liturgical specialisation and at or above AQF Level 8.

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 - Demonstrate familiarity with major scholarly positions and theories in the literature on the topic (GA8)

LO2 - Engage in critical analysis of ideas and debates in the discipline (GA4)

LO3 - Apply their learning to their professional context with well-developed judgment and adaptability (GA5)

Graduate attributes

GA4 - think critically and reflectively 

GA5 - demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession 

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


Topic(s) will be chosen from a particular area of expertise of the member of staff or visiting lecturer in consultation with the Head of School.

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

Underlying the teaching and learning strategy will be constructivist and andragogical principles which emphasise that students are active, adult learners who engage best when what they are learning is relevant to them and they are responsible for their own learning. The focus, therefore, will be on student-centred learning, with consideration given to how the learning content applies to the students themselves and their contemporary context.

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. Such procedures may include, but are not limited to: essays, reports, examinations, student presentations or case studies.

The assessment tasks will provide students with the opportunity to engage in further exploration of a variety of aspects of the unit content, to demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and theories, and to engage critically with some key texts in the field.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning OutcomesGraduate Attributes

A short written task which enables students to demonstrate familiarity with major scholarly positions and theories in the literature on the topic  




A verbal or written presentation which requires students to critically analyse and evaluate complex ideas and debates in the field.


LO1, LO2

GA4, GA8

A longer written task, such an essay or report, which enables students to effectively communicate their learning in this unit and apply it to their professional situation with well-developed judgment and adaptability.


LO1, LO2, LO3

GA4, GA5, GA8

Representative texts and references

A full list of reading will be made available by the lecturer in charge of the unit in the extended unit outline, on the basis of the area to be covered.

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