An ACU education is about your integral human development. You are more than your degree.
It’s learning to look at the world with empathy and confidence. It’s learning to listen and lead. It’s challenging stereotypes, and having the courage to make an impact.
The university’s Core Curriculum lies at the heart of this transformation. It’s a key part of every ACU student’s education, giving you time to reflect on what it is to be human, our common social life and ways we can change the world in important ways.
In undertaking Core units at ACU, you’ll be in classes with students from other disciplines, ensuring different viewpoints and lively debate.
Core units can be taken face-to-face, online, or intensively. There’s even the chance to complete a unit (UNCC300) overseas.
The Core is unique to ACU. It will challenge you to see the world from different perspectives and engage with the world in a meaningful and transformative way.
The Core Curriculum is comprised of three units:
These units are fully integrated within your course of study
Community engagement unit: Each faculty at ACU has its own arrangements in place for community engagement. For details, see your Course Enrolment Guide, and check with your course coordinator if you have any questions.
Coursework units: You have a choice about which coursework units you select from which stream. See the course map in your Course Enrolment Guide for details on when you enrol in your Core Curriculum units.
Choose ONE unit from:
and ONE unit from:
The two UNCC units (UNCC100 and UNCC300) focus specifically on applying the principles of Catholic social thought.
These principles include:
Catholic Social Thought has informed the development of universal approaches to human rights and justice in the 20th and 21st centuries. It is closely aligned with the most fundamental principles of many of the world’s religions and has influenced the codes of practice for many of our professions.
The three philosophy units (PHIL102, PHIL104, PHIL320) also draw students into thinking about major issues of relevance to the Catholic tradition of social thought, but they do so by dealing more basically with questions about what it means to be human, what it means to act well, and what a just society looks like. This includes things like:
The philosophy units give you the opportunity to engage in reflection and discussion about major contemporary issues, and training in broad critical thinking skills applicable to a range of professions.
Read more about the university Core Curriculum units:
The Core Curriculum offers a range of exclusive study abroad opportunities – in cities such as Rome, London, Beijing or New York.
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