'Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan'. (Pope Francis, Laudato si’)

Pope Francis challenges us to extend our thinking across new ways in which the relationship between self and community can be realised. In achieving a global consensus on the nature of our relationship to each other and the world in which we live, Pope Francis calls for a renewed emphasis on the dignity of the human person as the basis of all action, advocacy and solidarity.

Universal fraternity and aspirations for the common good begin with a basic recognition that we need one another. In this unit you should develop your understanding of the dignity of the human person within the context of a global community. You should develop skills that may assist the cooperative efforts of government, business, faith groups, and not-for-profit agencies to achieve a more just and equitable world.

On completion of this unit you should have acquired the skills and knowledge to become an active agent for change in an interconnected and interdependent world. This unit is the second of two units which are part of the University Core Curriculum.

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

  1. Describe how the efforts of public, private, not-for-profit agencies, faith based groups and you as a professional, can result in the realisation of a more just global community.
  2. Critically analyse the challenges with realising aspirations of the common good in your professional community, locally and globally.
  3. Critique a global issue where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realised, and propose ways to address this challenge.

Students should have developed their ability to achieve the following ACU graduate attributes:

  • GA1 demonstrate respect for the dignity of each individual and for human diversity
  • GA2 recognise their responsibility to the common good, the environment and society
  • GA3 apply ethical perspectives in informed decision making
  • GA4 think critically and reflectively
  • GA5 demonstrate values, knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate to the discipline and/or profession
  • GA6 solve problems in a variety of settings taking local and international perspectives into account
  • GA7 work both autonomously and collaboratively
  • GA8 locate, organise, analyse, synthesise and evaluate information
  • GA9 demonstrate effective communication in oral and written English language and visual media
  • GA10 utilise information and communication and other relevant technologies effectively.

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