This unit examines the fundamental principles of Catholic Social Teaching and applies them to the moral challenges of the present day. A survey of the historical development of the Church’s teaching is provided. Drawing upon biblical and theological aspects of the tradition, the unit explores specific issues of a topical nature, including: wealth distribution, property ownership, unemployment, poverty, housing and homelessness, immigration, the just war tradition and care for the environment.

Unit Code: DT3041C

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 major themes and key principles of Catholic Social Teaching


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


Evaluate the effectiveness of the social mission of the Church


Exhibit an ability to expound a position with regard to a specific social issue in the light of Catholic Social Teaching

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: Lectures, tutorials, seminars Prohibited combinations: 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
Oral Examination

15 minute oral exam (1000 words)

1000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 31 Dec, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-06-27 12:03:47 +1000