Learn to reflect theologically using one of the most practical and effective methods 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 who are engaging young people within a Catholic Christian or other values-based framework.

Unit code: DP1007C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 1

Unit discipline: Pastoral Theology and Ministry Studies

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Explain the concepts of "an encounter", "a meeting", and "the art of accompaniment" in relation to the development of leadership for transformation and social change.


Discuss the significance of defining events in the life of Joseph Cardijin and the theological method that informs the Jocist movements.


Apply the Jocist method of See, Judge, Act to current issues and people's experiences of God at Work using theological texts.


Develop personal and group leadership transformative reflective practices using the Jocist methos of See, Judge, Act.


Face-to-face; tutorials; discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Materials of the Joseph Cardijn Digital Library:
  • Australian Young Christian Students Movement, Shaping our Post-Pandemic World: An Enquiry for Secondary Students, Melbourne: AYCS, 2021.
  • de Barry, Edward. Theological Reflection: The Creation of Spiritual Power in the Information Age. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2003.
  • Fernandez, Eduardo and Deborah Ross. Doing Theology as if People Mattered: Encounters in Contextual Theology. Chicago: Crossroad Publishing, 2019.
  • Gigacz, Stefan. Leaven in the Council: Joseph Cardijn and the Jocist Network at Vatican II. Melbourne: Coventry Press, 2022.
  • Hari, Albert. IYCW: International Young Christian Workers: 75 years of action. Strasbourg : Éd. du Signe, 2000.
  • Higton, Mike. Theology and Human Flourishing. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2011.
  • Ivereigh, Austen. Faithful Citizens: A Practical Guide to Catholic Social Teaching and Community Organising. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2010.
  • Kelly, Thomas and Bob Pennington (eds). Bridge-Building: Pope Francis’ Practical Theological Approach. New York: Herder, 2020.
  • Matthews, Race. Of Labour and Liberty: Distributism in Victoria 1891 - 1966. Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2018.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Journal - Reflective Journal 2000 50.0
Oral Presentation 2000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 16 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-16 15:55:46 +1000