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.

Unit Code: DT3016Y

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Describe key debates about sustainability and economic development


Critically evaluate arguments around sustainability and social equity examined in the unit


Demonstrate understanding of the moral principles involved in economic activity and the environment


Discuss the moral dimensions of these issues and their consequences


Outline the responsibilities of the churches in affirming values needed for equitable development and sustainability.


Critically evaluate major moral aspects in current economic and environmental issues.

Unit sequence

DT1000Y or equivalent


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

1500-word essay

1500 40.0

3000-word essay

3000 60.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 15:13:15 +1100