Catholic Social Teaching in Action


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



Prohibited Combination 



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


  • one 1,000-word seminar paper 30%
  • one 5,000-word research essay 40%
  • one 15-minute oral examination (1,000 words) 30% 


  • 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. Slough: 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.
  • Schuck, Michael. That They Be One: The Social Teaching of Papal Encyclicals, 1740-1989. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1990.