you will reflect on how key themes of Laudato Si’ and principles of Catholic social thought relate to your course of study

UNCC300, AT1 student writing guide

Note carefully: This document is a guide. It adds to and does not replace the information in the Unit Outline. Use the notes following “e.g.” as ideas and suggestions. They are there to help you feel confident in your own approach.

Description, from the Extended Unit Outline: “you will reflect on how key themes of Laudato Si’ and principles of Catholic social thought relate to your course of study.”

1. Reflective task

From the Extended Unit Outline: “Why does thinking deeply and critically about both human dignity and the common good matter to the professional work you would like to do in communities? In this respect, how has ACU prepared you for post-university life with your qualification, or not? Answer the question by writing the script for a short graduation speech that reflects critically on your course of study and its ideal connection with your future profession. Use one of the following two excerpts from Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ as a springboard for your speech and interweave it with your reflection on your course of study. Put another way, base your reflection on the key ideas in one of the excerpts, and incorporate these ideas throughout to show their significance”you will reflect on how key themes of Laudato Si’ and principles of Catholic social thought relate to your course of study

Key research:

a. Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, para. 142 or 157

b.Lisa Sowle Cahill, “Laudato Si’: Reframing Catholic Social Ethics,” The Heythrop Journal 59 (2018) 887–900

(e.g., APA “Cahill, 2018, p. 887”; Chicago “Cahill, “Laudato Si’,” 887”)

c.course of study-specific reading/resource from Module 1

Additional tips:

a.reading guide for this article on LEO – in Book 1, Page 4

Optional research: one (secondary, from LEO) resource – e.g.,

a.Laudato Si’ keys document (reference: “ACU’s Core Curriculum (2022), UNCC300, Laudato Si’ keys

document [Unit resources]”)

b.Catholic social thought principles document (reference: “ACU’s Core Curriculum (2022), UNCC300, Catholic social thought principles document [Unit resources]”)

c. Book 1, Page 3 = The pope, climate change and the cultural dimensions of the Anthropocene

d. or, Book 2, Page 3 = The Scales Integral to Ecology: Hierarchies in Laudato Si’ and Christian Ecological Ethics

Structure idea: four 175-word paragraphs, with clear focuses – e.g.,

a.approx. 175 words introducing your course

b.approx. 175 words covering human dignity

c.approx. 175 words covering common good

d.approx. 175 words implications of previous paragraphs for future work in communities

Additional tips: references – keywords and phrases in the chapter of para. 137–162 in Laudato Si’ and include least 1 broad point least 1 specific quotation

Identify the course of study: e.g.,

a.“I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Commerce with the Faculty of Law and Business”

b. or, “I am currently undertaking a Bachelor of Midwifery with the Faculty of Health Sciences

2. Checklist

Note carefully: On top of this guide and the related drop-in session, you might use the following as a list of key resources and items to check as you prepare your assignment for submission.


a. Extended Unit Outline = all assignment details and requirements

b. Assessment tile in LEO site = this guide and the related drop-in session recording; information for Extension and Special Consideration applications

c. Unit: Academic Skills Unit ( = general academic assistance from outside the Core Curriculum


a. Academic writing: Introduction ( = 9 x specific and general topics

b. Academic writing: 8 Steps of writing process ( = 1 x image with simple writing outline

c. Academic writing: Paragraph structure ( = slides on 4 x topics with 6 x final takeaways

d. Academic writing: Critical analysis and argumentation ( = interactive resource connecting critical approaches to 6 x writing steps

e. Academic writing: Reflective writing ( = 6 x topics about this writing genre

f. 10% +/- word count of 700 words = use strategically, excluding citations and bibliographies


a. Academic integrity: Academic integrity in practice ( = 10 x scenarios indicating levels of integrity

b. Student Academic Integrity and Misconduct - Policy and Procedures (ACU) = official, detailed University information

c. Introduction - Referencing - Library guides at Australian Catholic University ( = go-to referencing resource

d.3 x required sources =

a. Francis excerpt

b. Cahill article

c. course of study-specific reading/resource from Module 1


a. your Core Curriculum tutor (i.e., for brainstorming ideas, choosing topics, initial enquiries, interpreting the Extended Unit Outline, etc.) = through LEO; ACU email

b. the Core Curriculum lecturers = Zach Duke (i.e., for Extension and Special Consideration applications); Blake Wassell (i.e., for matters of assignment content and research)

c. Academic Skills Unit: 24/7 Online study support ( = both (a) Academic Writing Feedback (i.e., up to 10 x uses for any student through any half-year period) + (b) Connect Live (i.e., online chat) through Studiosity (i.e., outside Core Curriculum); targeted assistance on specific assignments

d. Ask an Advisor ( = question form for ACU Skills staff (i.e., outside Core Curriculum); focused on general development

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