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.
Show competence in reading and interpreting the main social encyclicals
Demonstrate familiarity with key social concepts: the common good, solidarity, social and distributive justice, capitalism, communism, socialism, corporatism
Describe key debates about catholic social movements, and analyse various views
Demonstrate in written form a critical appropriation of some aspect of the subject
Display understanding of the cultural origins and development of social justice traditions in the church.
A foundational unit in Church History or Moral Theology
Lectures, class discussion, essay writing, use of internet resources
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-10-22 14:15:38 +1100