This unit introduces learners to the theological foundations, empirical frameworks, and pedagogical perspectives of the Enhancing Catholic School Identity (ECSI) approach to the mission of church schools. A survey of relevant demographic and cultural trends in Australia will help to identify key factors affecting the transmission of religious identification and personal faith formation. In this context, the key insights of Vatican II’s theology of revelation, faith, and the person in relation to God and others will be explored. The empirical-theoretical instruments offered by the ECSI resources will be critically engaged with as a valuable tool for Catholic communities to respond intentionally and strategically to the challenges of faith formation in our context. We will examine the hermeneutical pedagogies and learning encounters called for by the revelatory dialogue with humanity initiated by God in and through the church in its missional agencies, and most clearly manifested in the person and ministry of Jesus Christ.

Unit Code: DR9011C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Religious Education

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Describe the current Australian cultural and demographic context and its implications for the transmission of religious faith and the tasks of evangelisation;


Articulate and assess various options open to Catholic schools and communities to enhance and strengthen their institutional identity in the contemporary Australian context;


Demonstrate skills and knowledge to accurately read and effectively interpret data produced through the ECSI survey instruments used by schools and parishes;


Communicate through independently researched academic writing a sound understanding of the theological and pedagogical underpinnings of the ECSI approach to religious identification and faith formation.

Unit sequence

Foundational studies equivalent to BS8600C and CT8600C


Lectures, individual and group learning activities, seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500 word report on pre-reading

1500 20.0

2500 word directed reflection portfolio

2500 30.0

3500 word essay

3500 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-25 15:06:51 +1000