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.
One foundational unit in Moral Theology, DT1000Y, or its equivalent
Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
1. describe key debates about sustainability and economic development
2. critically evaluate arguments examined in the unit
3. demonstrate understanding of the moral principles involved in economic activity and the environment
4. discuss the moral dimensions of these issues and their consequences
5. outline the responsibilities of the churches in affirming values needed for equitable development and sustainability.
6. Level 3 critically evaluate major moral aspects in current economic and environmental issues.
Level 2: One 1500-word essay (40%);one 2500 word essay (60%)
Level 3: One 2000-word essay (40%); one 3000 word essay(60%)
Clarke, Matthew, ed. Handbook of Research on Development and Religion. Cheltenham UK: Edward Edgar, 2013.
Finn, Daniel K., ed. The True Wealth of Nations: Catholic Social Thought and Economic Life. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010.
Forrester, Duncan B. Beliefs, Values and Policies: Conviction Politics in a Secular Age. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Francis (Pope), 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 UK: James Clarke & Co., 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: The 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 & Co., 2010.
______.Making Globalization Work: The Next Steps to Global Justice. London: Allen Lane, 2006.
Todaro, Michael, and Stephen Smith. Economic Development. Harlow, England: Addison Wesley, 2015.
Tornielli, Andrea and Galeazzi, Giacomo. This Economy Kills: Pope Francis on Capitalism and Social Justice.Collegeville MN: Liturgical Press, 2015.
Lecturer: BRUCE DUNCAN CSsR