UNCC100 Additional readings for assignments 2 and 3
1. Clark,MeghanJ..VisionofCatholicSocialThought:TheVirtueofSolidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights, Fortress Press, 2014. ProQuest Ebook Central.
and Shelton, Deborah. Nursing and the Common Good, November-
December 2006 Sr.
secondary school curriculum: an agenda for reform, Journal of International
Studies in Catholic Education Volume 5, 2013, Issue 1.
Quarterly, 22(2), 273-291.
4, Issue 3, pp. 143-149.
10.Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common
Information on the “Book of the Year” (ACU) and UNCC100
This first unit of the Core Curriculum (UNCC100) introduces you to an understanding of what makes communities strong and how we all, in our different future professions, can contribute to a more just society.
Students studying UNCC100 in 2020 will be the first to take part in a new initiative, ACU’s “Book of the Year”, which is designed to help us explore the content of the unit more deeply and see its relevance in the Australian context, in particular.
Each year, ACU will choose a different novel (the “Book of the Year”) that will encourage us as students and teachers to enhance and deepen our awareness of why individuals, persons and communities matter, in the context of principles such as the common good and human dignity.
The Book of the Year for 2020, whose theme is hope, is “This Is My Song” by Richard Yaxley, a three-generation family story of a grandfather who survives Auschwitz and whose grandson revives a song written before the war.
In class, we will be talking about aspects of the book or some of the questions it raises, and how these might relate to experiences in your own or other people’s lives and in the lives of communities. We will see how this helps us better understand the principles or topics that we are talking about in that class. You might find that when you read parts of the book, for the first time, or again, you have some new ideas!
The book will be provided to you free of charge. If you do not already have a copy, you can collect one from the AskACU centre on every campus.
Create a piece of work that relates themes from the Book of the Year, This is my Song (for example, racism, persecution, trauma, hope etc.) to the CST principles. This may include particular ideas, events, characters or a community in the book. Examples of a creative work might be
• a diary entry;
• a letter (to one of the central characters or to a community or to a government);
• a short story;
• a poem;
• a piece of art;
• a song (this is your song!)
(up to 300 words or the equivalent of 1-2 pages long if it is a work of art)
2. Then write a personal reflection on the work that you have created, explaining the relationship between your created work, the Book of the Year and at least 2 or 3 principles of Catholic Social Thought (900 words).
Students who do not have a copy of the novel may focus on one or more of these excerpts, which highlight key themes from the novel (available through the reading list): pp.30-33 pp. 34-37; pp. 38-39; pp.77-79; pp.99-101; pp118-121; pp.216-217).
Readings for this assessment:
The book, “This is my Song” is fundamental reading for this assessment; so too are the readings of the unit available to you via LEO. You may include wider or further reading if you wish. Please note that you are not required to read outside of the novel and reading lists in the unit in order to achieve a high distinction in this assessment task.
• The reflection should clearly explain to readers what the relationship is between your created work, the novel and at least 2 or 3 principles of Catholic Social Thought.
• Please see the marking rubric at the end of the Unit Outline
• The idea is to express your thoughts clearly and concisely and make your reflection as clear, accurate (in terms of your understanding of the principles) and coherent as you can.
• The reflection does require correct and full referencing.
• References and in-text citations do not count in the word limit.
• See referencing guidelines on the UNCC100 LEO page (You can find it under
Assessment How do I reference course materials for UNCC units?).
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Length and/or format:
Learning outcomes assessed: 1, 2
October 23, 4am 50%
1200 words long.
How to submit: The assessment must be uploaded to LEO via Turnitin.
Return of assignment: Assignments will be returned via LEO when final grades are released.