2nd semester: Monday evening (Min. No. 8)
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: DT1000Y or equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- describe key debates about sustainability and economic development
- critically evaluate arguments around sustainability and social equity examined in the unit
- demonstrate understanding of the moral principles in economic activity and the environment
- discuss the moral dimensions of these issues and their consequences
- outline the responsibilities of the churches in affirming values needed for equitable development and sustainability
1-5. as above
- critically evaluate major moral aspects in current economic and environmental issues
Level 2: 1500 word essay (40%); 2500 word essay (60%)
Level 3: 1500 word essay (40%); 3000 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.
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.
———. Making Globalization Work: the Next Steps to Global Justice. London: Allen Lane, 2006.
Todaro, Michael, and Stephen Smith. Economic Development. Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman, 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