IIPS 30718 - Catholicism and Politics, Spring 2012
Catholicism and Politics
Professor Daniel Philpott, Ph.D.
Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies
Course Structure: 75 minute classes - twice a week
Catholicism and Politics poses the question, both simple and complex: How ought Catholics to think about the political order and political issues within it? The first part of the course will survey major responses to this question drawn from Church history: the early church, the medieval church, and the modern church. The second part applies these models to contemporary issues ranging among war, intervention, globalization, abortion, the death penalty, religious freedom, gender issues, and economic development. The course culminates in "Vatican III," where teams of students, representing church factions, gather to discover church teachings on selected controversial political issues.