Catholic Social Thought

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Australian Catholic University's (ACU) inspiration, within the Catholic intellectual tradition, summons the University to attend to all that is of concern to human beings. ACU brings a distinctive spiritual perspective to the common tasks of higher education, while being an open and inclusive community.

Explore the following resources for integrating the Catholic intellectual tradition, principles of Catholic social teaching and Catholic social thought in our your curriculum.

Short videos about Catholic Social Thought are available in the common core subject UNCC100 modules, section 1.5.2, these will give an overview of the main principles.

This 15-page booklet, The Catholic Intellectual Tradition: A conversation at Boston College, covers both what is Catholic Intellectual Tradition and also how it can be a guiding force within a university

Further resources from Boston College for Exploring Catholic Intellectual tradition


First Peoples

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Embedding First Peoples Knowings, perspectives and pedagogical practices to curriculum adds depth of understanding to our students’ knowledge and experience.

Explore First People's curriculum resources


Graduate Attributes

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ACU undertakes to ensure that all graduates develop the University's graduate attributes. This development is achieved through explicitly teaching and assessing the University's graduate attributes within each course.

Explore ACU’s Graduate Attributes


National Curriculum Delivery

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ACU’s unique position as a multi-campus institution crossing state boundaries, provides opportunities to work collaboratively to create learning experiences for our students.

See the following for advice on balancing consistency, flexibility and opportunity in national approaches to curriculum delivery

Providing students with the opportunity to achieve the learning outcomes is the overarching aim of all curriculum, what aspects of curriculum are flexible, see the

national curriculum framework


Learning & teaching

Please contact the Learning and Teaching Centre for professional development, resources and advice for your learning and teaching needs at ACU.

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