Elective unit (Min. No. 8)
2nd semester: Monday evening
Inspired by the social encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, this unit investigates the global crises in economics, social inequality and climate change, and responses from Christian social traditions. It explores debates about sustainability in the light of global warming, and what this will mean for economic development, particularly for the alleviation of hunger and poverty through the Sustainable Development Goals. It will explore the relationships between religious belief, economics and the environment, and the role of values in these debates.
PREREQUISITES: One foundational unit in Moral Theology or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- identify and analyse key factors in the debates over economics and/or sustainable development
- evaluate and critique the arguments around sustainability and social equity examined in the unit
- demonstrate understanding of the moral principles in economic and social development
- analyse the moral dimensions of one or more economic or environmental issues and their consequences for human development
- critically evaluate major moral aspects in current economic and/or environmental issues
- evaluate the responsibilities of the churches in relation to current issues in economic policy and environmental sustainability
One 2500 word essay (40%); one 3500 word essay (60%)
Finn, D. K., ed. The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life. Oxford: OUP, 2010.
Forrester, Duncan B. Beliefs, Values and Policies: Conviction Politics in a Secular Age.
Oxford: OUP, 1989.
Francis. Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home. 2015. (various editions)
Pabst, Adrian. The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy. Cambridge: James Clarke, 2011.
Sachs, Jeffrey. The Age of Sustainable Development. New York: Columbia University Press, 2015.
———. The Price of Civilization: Economics and Ethics after the Fall. London: Bodley Head, 2011.
Scribner, Todd. A Partisan Church: American Catholicism and the Rise of Neoconservative Catholics. Washington, DC: Catholic University of America Press, 2015.
Sniegocki, John. Catholic Social Teaching and Economic Globalization: The Quest for Alternatives. Milwaukee, WI: Marquette University Press, 2009.
Stiglitz, Joseph E. Freefall: America, Free Markets and the Sinking of the World Economy. New York: W. W. Norton, 2010.
Todaro, Michael, and Stephen Smith. Economic Development. Harlow: Addison Wesley, 2015.
Tornielli, Andrea, and Giacomo Galeazzi. This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social Justice. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.
Lecturer: BRUCE DUNCAN CSsR