Catholic Social Teaching in Action

DT2041C/3041C

Rev. Dr Cameron Forbes Semester 1, 2020
Tuesday 2.00pm – 5.00pm

This unit examines the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Teaching and applies them to the moral challenges of the present day. A survey of the historical development of the Church’s teaching is provided. Drawing upon biblical and theological aspects of the tradition, the unit explores specific issues of a topical nature, including: wealth distribution, property ownership, unemployment, poverty, housing and homelessness, immigration, the just war tradition and care for the environment.

Census Date

Tuesday 17 March

Prerequisites 

BS1001C, BS1002C, CT1100C, CT1110C

Mode

face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester

Assessment

second level
  • one 1,000-word seminar paper 30%
  • one 2,000-word research essay 40%
  • one 15-minute oral examination (1,000 words) 30%
third level
  • one 1,000-word seminar paper 30%
  • one 3,000-word research essay 40%
  • one 15-minute oral examination (1,000 words) 30%

Bibliography

  • Benedict XVI. Caritas in Veritate. Encyclical Letter. 2009.
  • Francis. Laudato Si. Encyclical Letter. 2015.
  • Benestad, J, Brian. Church, State and Society: An Introduction to Catholic Social Doctrine. Catholic Moral Thought. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2011.
  • Charles, Roger. Christian Social Witness and Teaching: The Catholic Tradition from Genesis to Centesimus Annus. 2 vols. Leominster: Gracewing, 1998.
  • DeBerri, Edward P., James E. Hug, Peter J. Henriot, and Michael J. Schultheis. Catholic Social Teaching: Our Best Kept Secret. 4th ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2004.
  • Himes, Kenneth, ed. Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  • McOustra, Christopher. Love in the Economy: Catholic Social Doctrine for the Individual. Middlegreen: St. Pauls, 2000.
  • Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church. 2004.
  • Schubeck, Thomas L. Love That Does Justice. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2007.
  • Scott, Margaret. The Eucharist and Social Justice. Mahwah: Paulist, 2009.