I am what I am, because of who we are.

This concept is consistent with the principles of Catholic social thought. Understanding these principles helps us to determine how issues relating to the dignity of the human person and the realisation of the common good may be addressed in our personal and professional lives now and in the future.

This knowledge and understanding is a foundation for the development of the skills needed to be able to propose ways to address challenges where shared responsibility for the common good is not being realised. Given the pervasiveness of such problems in our community, addressing this need is important to our success as a community in realising a more just world – and your role as an individual who can, and must, be part of that.

Therefore, this unit will aim to equip you with knowledge and understanding of the ideas of ‘self’ and ‘community’ as interrelated concepts, and develop basic skills to enable you to contribute to a more just society.

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

  1. Describe coherently in writing the principles of Catholic Social Thought (CST), and through a personal written commentary on each one, explain that the concepts of 'self' and 'community' are interrelated.
  2. Analyse and evaluate the principles of CST in order to write an argument that shows how issues relating to the dignity of the human person and the realisation of the common good may be addressed by students in their professional practice (ie. the degree program you are studying) now and in the future.

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
  • GA4: think critically and reflectively
  • 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

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