Elective Unit (Min. No. 8)
1st semester Monday evening Crosslisted as CH9230Y
This unit will examine Catholic social and political ideas and movements in Europe and elsewhere, and evaluate their impact and interpretation in Australia. It will consider key issues in Catholic social movements in Europe, outline the backgrounds to the papal social encyclicals, and trace their development internationally to Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis.
A Foundational unit in Church History or Moral Theology
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- show competence in reading and interpreting key social encyclicals
- demonstrate the importance of key Catholic social concepts: the common good, solidarity, social and distributive justice, capitalism, communism, socialism, corporatism
- analyse debates about Catholic social movements, with an ability to analyse and critique various views
- critique the strengths and weaknesses in the development of Catholic social thought
- evaluate the social and political contexts in the development of social justice traditions in the Church
2500 word essay (40%); 3500 word essay (60%)
Boswell, Jonathan S., Francis P. McHugh and Johan Verstraeten, eds. Catholic Social Thought: Twilight or Renaissance. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2000.
Cullen, Philomena, Bernard Hoose and Gerard Mannion, eds. Catholic Social Justice: Theological and Practical Explorations. London: T & T Clark, 2007.
Curran, Charles. Catholic Social Teaching 1891 – Present. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2002.
Dorr, Donal. Option for the Poor and for the Earth. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2012.
Duncan, Bruce. The Church’s Social Teaching: from Rerum Novarum to 1931. Melbourne, VIC: CollinsDove, 1991.
———. Crusade or Conspiracy? Catholics and the Anti-Communist Struggle in Australia. Sydney, NSW: UNSW Press, 2001.
Dwyer, Judith, ed. The New Dictionary of Catholic Social Thought. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1994.
Himes, Kenneth R., ed. Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations. Washington, DC: Georgetown UP, 2004.
Hogan, Michael. Australian Catholics: The Social Justice Tradition. Melbourne, VIC: Collins Dove, 1993.
Hornsby-Smith, Michael P. An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006.
McCarthy, David Matzko, ed. The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origins and Contemporary Significance. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2009.
Pabst, Adrian. The Crisis of Global Capitalism: Pope Benedict XVI’s Social Encyclical and the Future of Political Economy. Cambridge, UK: James Clarke & Co., 2011.
Schuck, Michael. That They Be One: The Social Teaching of Papal Encyclicals 1740-1989. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 1990.
Lecturer: BRUCE DUNCAN CSsR