This course provides a historical, theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic encyclical tradition. It explores views of Christian social responsibility though classic texts and contemporary problems.
- Identify and understand the core principles and methodologies of Roman Catholic Social Teaching;
- Understand the forces, movements and events which have shaped the development of the Roman Catholic social tradition;
- Apply the core principles of Roman Catholic social teaching to contemporary problems.
Students are expected:
- to read the overviews for each unit and all assigned readings.
- to take careful notes on assigned readings.
- to be prepared to participate in weekly discussions of basic themes, principles and applications.
- to complete written assignments on time.
- to respond, in approximately 250-300 words, to one or both of the questions based on the readings for the coming week will be posted by the instructor.
- to complete two 7-10 page papers which apply the principles of Catholic social thought to a contemporary issue of your choice.
- O'Brien and Shannon. Catholic Social Thought: The Documentary Heritage. (Orbis, 2001).
- Curran, C. Catholic Social Teaching: 1891-present. (Georgetown, 2002).
- Ehrenreich, B. Nickled and Dimed in America. (Metropolitan Books, 2001).
- Mich, M.H. Catholic Social Teaching and Movements (Twentythird Publications, 2001).
- Himes, ed. Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2005).
**Note: Readings from the assigned books which are available on-line have active links on the Readings page.