Learn to reflect theologically using one of the most practical and effective methods of lay apostolate formation the world has ever seen.

Through a guided immersive experience either on location with the intensive group or in your local ministry setting, this unit models a foundation for transformative discipleship.

It introduces you to the principles and practice of theological reflection on experience and community organising following the method developed by Joseph Cardinal Cardijn, made popular by the Jocist (YCW) movements, and promoted in the pastoral writings of Pope Francis.

It explores the application of those principles in the documents of the Second Vatican Council, in wider Catholic Social Teaching, in applied pedagogies, and in relation to reading contemporary contexts.

Together we will explore what it means to integrate fields of study across and beyond the theological disciplines in order to speak with informed faith to the wider world.

The unit is designed especially for teachers, youth leaders, pastoral workers, chaplains and others to engaging young people within a Catholic Christian or other values-based framework.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the biography of Joseph Cardijn and the international movements that trace their origin to his work;
  • Articulate the theological method that informs the Jocist movements;
  • Analyse an aspect of the contemporary context using the Jocist method of See, Judge, Act;
  • Demonstrate skills in theological reflection in writing and oral discussion;
  • Provide and respond to feedback from peers on the content and effectiveness of their theological conversation.

Assessment for Accreditation

  • Reflective journal 50% – 2000 / 3500 – due week 8 (in progress) week 15 (final);
  • Oral presentation with a small group on a contemporary issue from a theological perspective 50% – 2000/ 3500 words equivalent – due week 13 (i.e. 20 or 35 minute conversations in cluster with 2 other colleagues to rehearse the question(s)