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Leading for Mission and Catholic Identity: Insights from Vatican II

Unit overview and content

This unit explores contemporary understandings of Mission and Identity within the Catholic intellectual tradition. The course will assist those aspiring to or who already hold leadership positions within Catholic institutions to more fully appreciate the theological and transformational significance of Mission and Catholic Identity.

The unit will introduce the inspirational and inclusive teaching of Catholic tradition, from the Second Vatican Council to Pope Francis. The unit will draw out the pastoral and formational potential for all Catholic institutions to educate hearts and enhance the common good of all. The unit aims to explore a number of essential theological concepts around Mission and Identity, including insights from Vatican II, Pope Francis and contextual theology, all of which can be applied practically to leadership for Mission within Catholic institutions. The unit will support an inclusive theological understanding of Mission and Identity within contemporary Catholic institutions.

Study hours

  • Online (with compulsory seminar component)
  • Intensive on-campus attendance on two days & six on-line sessions

Teaching methods

Online lectures; online activities; guided reading; scaffolded assessments; feedback on assessments. 

Type of Assessment and Weight

  • Design A Conversation Brochure "What is Mission in the Secular Age?" (50%)
  • Compile an Induction Session for Staff (power-point) on how to Implement the Mission and engage in the context of your own institution. (50%)
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