Content

This unit will examine Catholic social and political ideas and movements in Europe and elsewhere, and evaluate their impact and interpretation in Australia. It will consider key issues in Catholic social movements in Europe, outline the backgrounds to the papal social encyclicals and trace their development internationally to Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.

Unit Code: CH9230Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Church History

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes

1.

Show competence in reading and interpreting key social encyclicals

2.

Demonstrate the importance of key Catholic social concepts: the common good, solidarity, social and distributive justice, capitalism, communism, socialism, corporatism

3.

Analyse debates about Catholic social movements, with an ability to analyse and critique various views

4.

Critique the strengths and weaknesses in the development of Catholic social thought

5.

Evaluate the social and political contexts in the development of social justice traditions in the Church

Unit sequence

A foundational unit in Church History or Moral Theology

Pedagogy

Lectures, class discussion, essay writing, use of internet resources

Assessments

Description Weight (%)

2500-word essay

40.0

3500-word essay

60.0
Approvals

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2014

Unit Record last updated: 2019-04-01 07:35:25 +1100