Inspired by the social encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, this unit investigates the global crises in economics, social inequality and climate change, and responses from Christian social traditions. It explores debates about sustainability in the light of global warming, and what this will mean for economic development, particularly for the alleviation of hunger and poverty through the Sustainable Development Goals. It will explore the relationships between religious belief, economics and the environment, and the role of values in these debates.
Identify and analyse key factors in the debates over economics and/or sustainable development
Evaluate and critique the arguments around sustainability and social equity examined in the unit
Demonstrate understanding of the moral principles involved in economic and social development
Analyse the moral dimensions of one or more economic or environmental issues and their consequences for human development
Critically evaluate major moral aspects in current economic and/or environmental issues
Evaluate the responsibilities of the churches in relation to current issues in economic policy and environmental sustainability.
One foundational unit in Moral Theology or its equivalent
Lectures, class discussion, essay writing, use of internet resources
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015
Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 15:00:56 +1000