Social Teaching of the Catholic Church

Course code RELT6023Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides an advanced study of the body of thought known as Catholic Social Teaching (CST). It begins by situating CST in its philosophical context by examining a variety of theories of justice, from Plato and Aristotle through to modern philosophers such as John Stuart Mill and John Rawls. Out of this foundation it then examines, in depth, the historical development of modern Catholic Social Teaching, especially as it has been expressed in official documents and by experts in the field. Finally, the course allows students to apply their advanced knowledge of this field to a particular case study of their choice.

Available in 2015

UoN Broken Bay Instit - OnlineSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesUpon completion of this course students will be expected to:
1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of a variety of theories of justice, and critically analyse CST in relationship to these.
2. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the major themes and key principles of CST.
3. Critically analyse a number of important sources for CST.
4. Critically evaluate the importance and theological significance of Catholic Social teaching in addressing contemporary social issues.
ContentThe course will be organised around the following themes:
1. Theories of justice and CST
2. Foundations of CST
3. Sources and methodology of CST
4. Human rights, economic justice, politics, the environment, and war and peace in CST.
5. Applications of CST in the current context.
Replacing Course(s)THEO6023
TransitionStudents who have previously completed THEO6023 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6023.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1 – 2400 words (40%)
Essay 2 – 2400 words (40%)
Online Discussion4 x 300 word posts (20%)
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for RELT6023