This unit probes contemporary justice issues from the perspective of Moral Theology. A theological examination of justice draws on relevant biblical texts and writings of St Thomas Aquinas. The virtue of justice and its allied virtues are considered in some detail. An introduction to Catholic Social Teaching over the last 130 years is provided highlighting its theological foundation. From this perspective specific issues are addressed. The specific issues will be topical and may include: poverty, racism, peace, the just war tradition, social justice and liturgical prayer, property ownership, work, wages, and leisure.

Unit Code: DT3040C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: Moral Theology

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Present a critical description of the basic notions of justice including those in the Old Testament and New Testament;


Show a sound understanding of relevant Thomistic sources on justice and the other cardinal and allied virtues.


Critically analyse and evaluate the significant developments in the Catholic social justice tradition as presented in Magisterial teaching.


Exhibit an ability to expound a position with regard to a specific social justice topic in the light of magisterial teaching within the Catholic social justice tradition.

Unit sequence

BS1001C; BS1002C; CT1000C & CT1001C


Lectures, tutorials, Seminars


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

1000 word Seminar paper

1000 30.0

3000 word Research Essay

3000 40.0
Written Examination

3000 word Research Essay

0 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 11:59:46 +1000