The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): THEO6023. Students who have successfully completed THEO6023 are not eligible to enrol in RELT6023.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the major themes and key principles of Catholic Social teaching.

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the social mission of the Church.

3. Evaluate the significance and the impact of Papal Encyclicals and Bishops' statements on Catholic Social teaching.

4. Evaluate the importance and theological significance of Catholic Social teaching in addressing contemporary social issues.


The 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.


This course replaces THEO6023. If you have successfully completed THEO6023 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Discussions - Forum Submissions

Essay: Research Essay 1

Essay: Research Essay 2