Curriculum links

Learner wheelThis Online Toolkit has been designed as a coherent and relevant unit with integrated Religious Education and Australian Curriculum links.

We have mapped out the Religious Education links by state, and within each state by diocese. At the bottom of the ‘online educational toolkit’ page of every CST principle you will find some ‘Teachers’ Downloads’ which include the curriculum links for that particular principle.

These curriculum links not only cover when Catholic Social Teaching principles are explicitly mentioned in the curriculums, but also incorporate the implicit themes of each CST principle. This means you could use the Online Toolkit when teaching about these themes and/or the CST principle in question.

Preferential Option for the Poor

  • Exploring your current understandings of justice
  • Investigating God’s dream for a just world
  • Charity and Justice
  • Living and acting out love and compassion
  • Sharing (fair share)
  • What is poverty

Dignity of the Human Person

  • God’s love for us- and all
  • How we treat others
  • Healthy relationships
  • Needs and wants

Stewardship of Creation

  • God’s Creation and our responsibility to look after it
  • Our world today
  • Culture of waste and consumerism
  • What can we do to ‘be green’?
  • Sustainability


Subsidiarity and Participation

  • Rights and Duties
  • Authority/ power:
  • Making responsible decisions
  • Caring for people
  • Society’s systems
  • Active citizenship

The Common Good

  • Fair and unfair/ inclusive and exclusive behaviours.
  • Social and political action
  • Discrimination and prejudice
  • Role of technology
  • Community


  • Just/ Christian Leadership values
  • True discipleship
  • Friendship
  • Loving our neighbour
  • Acting justly

Each Catholic Social Teaching principle and/or theme can be explored as short term lessons, or all principles and themes can be explored as a long term project to form a wider unit.

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