Social Teaching of the Church

10 Units

This course provides an advanced study of Catholic Social Teaching. It examines, in depth, the historical development of modern Catholic Social Teaching, especially Papal Encyclicals and the key themes of each Encyclical.

Faculty Faculty of Education and Arts
School School of Humanities and Social Science
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Seminar - Broken Bay Institute)
Semester 1 - 2014 (UoN Broken Bay Institute - Online)
Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course students will be expected 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.

Themes include:

  1. An in depth investigation of Papal Encyclicals and Bishops’ statements concerning poverty and justice in the modern world.
  2. What does it mean to have a preferential option for the poor?
  3. How is a social conscience different from a moral conscience and how do I form a social justice conscience.
  4. An in depth study of a social justice issue confronting Australia in the 21st century, for example: Refugees; Aboriginals; Unemployment.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6023
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6023 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6023.
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 1 - 1000 words (20%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 2 - 2000 words (40%)
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Assignment 3 - 2000 words (40%)
Contact Hours
  • Self Directed Learning: for 130 hour(s) per Term for Full Term
Timetable 2015 Course Timetables for RELT60231

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