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 ways we can change the world by applying the principles of Catholic Social Thought.
Catholic Social Thought principles are about:
the dignity of the human person – every person has value, is worthy of great respect and must be free from slavery, manipulation and exploitation
solidarity - we are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences
the common good – everyone should have access to what they need to live a fulfilling life
rights and responsibilities – every person has a fundamental right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are responsibilities, to one another, to our families, and to the larger society
stewardship of the earth – it is our collective responsibility to care for the world we inhabit.
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 Core at ACU is made up of three units, one of which is a community engagement unit – taught by academic staff from all faculties of the University. 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 overseas – in cities such as Rome, London, Beijing, Paris or New York.
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.