Social Teaching of the Church

10 Units

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.

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)

Upon 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.

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.
Replacing Course(s) THEO6023
Transition Students who have previously completed THEO6023 will not be permitted to enrol in RELT6023.
Industrial Experience 0
Assumed Knowledge Nil
Modes of Delivery Distance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching Methods Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay 1 – 2400 words (40%) Essay 2 – 2400 words (40%)
  • Online Discussion - 4 x 300 word posts (20%)
Contact Hours
  • Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components None listed
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for RELT6023

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